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Definition of poach verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they poach
    he / she / it poaches
    past simple poached
    -ing form poaching
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  1. 1[transitive] poach something to cook food, especially fish, gently in a small amount of liquid poached salmon
  2. 2[transitive] poach something to cook an egg gently in nearly boiling water after removing its shell
  3. 3[transitive, intransitive] poach (something) to illegally hunt birds, animals, or fish on someone else's property or without permission The elephants are poached for their tusks.
  4. 4[transitive, intransitive] poach (somebody/something) (from somebody/something) to take and use someone or something that belongs to someone or something else, especially in a secret, dishonest, or unfair way The company poached the contract from their main rivals. Several of our employees have been poached by a rival firm. I hope I'm not poaching on your territory (= doing something that is actually your responsibility).
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