poach

verb (1)
\ ˈpōch How to pronounce poach (audio) \
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

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After a half-decade of near unchecked dominance in the premium streaming video space that allowed it to aggressively poach entertainment's top executives and A-list creative talent, the company now finds itself under attack. Natalie Jarvey, The Hollywood Reporter, "Netflix Under Pressure: Can a Hollywood Disruptor Avoid Getting Disrupted?," 8 Aug. 2019 Online retailer eBay has sued three Amazon managers for allegedly infiltrating eBay’s platform to poach sellers. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "eBay is suing three Amazon managers for allegedly poaching its sellers," 2 Aug. 2019 This isn't the first time eBay has alleged that Amazon tried to poach its sellers. Kaya Yurieff, CNN, "eBay claims Amazon managers illegally tried to recruit its top sellers," 1 Aug. 2019 Vaughters says that Armstrong worked behind the scenes to torpedo the Slipstream project, luring away star riders like then teenage prodigy Taylor Phinney and even trying to poach his chief backer. Bill Gifford, Outside Online, "Jonathan Vaughters Goes Deep into Cycling’s Dirty Past," 24 July 2019 Robinhood, which has 6 million users and is rumored to be eyeing an IPO later this year, is just one of a crop of financial startups that are attempting to poach customers from big banks. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Robinhood Plans Relaunch of High Yield Cash Account," 17 July 2019 Oscar, Ramires and Yannick Carrasco have all been poached from top European clubs in recent years. SI.com, "5 Premier League Players Who Have 'Unnamed Chinese Club' Written All Over Them This Summer," 5 July 2019 Huawei also accused Huang of poaching its employees and alleged that one was caught downloading thousands of pages of confidential Huawei documents. Washington Post, "Huawei loses trade-secret case, but jury awards no damages," 26 June 2019 The devastating story of poaching in Africa has become all-too resonant. Mary Holland, Condé Nast Traveler, "Can the Northern White Rhino Come Back from the Edge of Extinction?," 22 Sep. 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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poach

verb
\ ˈpōch How to pronounce poach (audio) \
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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