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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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 Some, like the offices in Seattle and Denver, were located to poach talent from local companies working on technology that Apple prizes. Mark Gurman, Bloomberg.com, "Apple’s Fourth U.S. Campus: Handicapping Where It Will Go," 7 Mar. 2018 The smooth disk of liver is poached in Cognac and Madeira before being mixed with cream and a little gelatin to produce a spreadable pâté. Michael Bauer, SFChronicle.com, "Sorrel off to a stellar start in Pacific Heights," 6 July 2018 Growing energy engineering and construction firm McDermott International poached its new second-in-command from rival TechnipFMC. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "McDermott poaches new COO from rival TechnipFMC," 3 July 2018 West's Lobster Newberg is poached in a butter bath and served with cognac-sherry sauce (market rates). Joyce Smith, kansascity, "Iconic Savoy restaurant aims for 'throwback' feel with fun, like blue cotton candy," 30 June 2018 In the '80s and '90s, Liuwa was decimated by poaching, the scourge spilling into Zambia during the Angolan War. Sophy Roberts, Condé Nast Traveler, "Zambia's King Lewanika Lodge Offers More Than Just Big Five Sightings," 8 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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