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poach

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verb \ˈpōch\

Definition of poach

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to cook in simmering liquid

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Origin and Etymology of poach

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


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poach

verb

Definition of poach

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to encroach upon especially for the purpose of taking something

  3. 2 :  to trespass for the purpose of stealing game; also :  to take game or fish illegally

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to trespass on a field poached too frequently by the amateur — The Times Literary Supplement (London)

  6. 2a :  to take (game or fish) by illegal methodsb :  to appropriate (something) as one's ownc :  to attract (someone, such as an employee or customer) away from a competitor

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Origin and Etymology of poach

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



POACH Defined for Kids

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poach

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verb \ˈpōch\

Definition of poach for Students

poached

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poaching

  1. :  to cook slowly in liquid


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poach

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verb

Definition of poach for Students

poached

;

poaching

  1. :  to hunt or fish unlawfully



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