poach

verb (1)
\ˈpōch \
poached; poaching; poaches

Definition of poach 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cook in simmering liquid

poach

verb (2)
poached; poaching; poaches

Definition of poach (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to encroach upon especially for the purpose of taking something

2 : to trespass for the purpose of stealing game also : to take game or fish illegally

transitive verb

1 : to trespass on a field poached too frequently by the amateurThe Times Literary Supplement (London)

2a : to take (game or fish) by illegal methods

b : to appropriate (something) as one's own

c : to attract (someone, such as an employee or customer) away from a competitor

Examples of poach in a Sentence

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In May, Crain’s Chicago Business reported that Facebook has been poaching recruiters from other Chicago companies so the social media company can make hundreds of new hires in the city. Ryan Ori, chicagotribune.com, "Facebook, Google planning big Chicago office expansions," 1 June 2018 Partially cover pan and poach until white is firm (not runny) and yolk is opaque, 3½ to 4½ minutes. Country Living, "Scrambled, Poached, or Hard Boiled, Here's How to Make the Perfect Egg Every Time," 8 Mar. 2018 This sort of technology would be particularly helpful to those who fight poaching on the front lines. Virginia Gewin, The Atlantic, "A Handheld DNA Scanner Could Crack Down on Wildlife Identity Theft," 9 Feb. 2018 Robert Cresanti, the president and chief executive of the International Franchise Association, said in a letter to lawmakers last month that many chains have already abandoned no-poaching policies. Washington Post, "7 fast-food chains agree to end ‘no-poaching’ policies," 12 July 2018 Jiffy Lube, H&R Block and Anytime Fitness are among the companies that have had no-poaching clauses in their franchisee contracts, according to Krueger and Ashenfelter. Washington Post, latimes.com, "States launch investigation targeting fast-food hiring practices," 9 July 2018 Kaling is a newbie to food prepping, but she’s taken on some tricky recipes and ingredients, cooking sweet potatoes and string beans, chopping up mango chunks and poaching salmon. Blake Bakkila, Health.com, "The Meal Prep Trick That Mindy Kaling Swears By," 9 July 2018 Meanwhile, China is tapping into American know-how another way: poaching talent. Li Yuan, WSJ, "China Mines Silicon Valley for Tech Talent," 26 June 2018 Translocation is also enormously expensive, and securing the parks requires its own massive investment — the group now has the largest counter-poaching force of any private organization on the continent, around 1,000 rangers. Kevin Sieff, Washington Post, "A 21st-century Noah’s ark transports animals back to places where they’ve been wiped out.," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of poach

Verb (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1611, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for poach

Verb (1)

Middle English pocchen, from Middle French pocher, from Old French poché poached, literally, bagged, from poche bag, pocket — more at pouch

Verb (2)

Middle French pocher, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle English poken to poke

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Phrases Related to poach

poach on someone's territory/turf

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More Definitions for poach

poach

verb
\ˈpōch \
poached; poaching

Kids Definition of poach

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to cook slowly in liquid

poach

verb
poached; poaching

Kids Definition of poach (Entry 2 of 2)

: to hunt or fish unlawfully

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