Definition of poacher noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpəʊtʃə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpoʊtʃər//
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  1. 1a person who illegally hunts birds, animals or fish on somebody’s else’s property The measures are designed to protect the fish from poachers. See related entries: Criminals
  2. 2a special pan for poaching eggs
  3. 3(also goal poacher) (especially in football (soccer )) a player who waits near the opposite team’s goal in order to try to score if they get the ball
  4. Idioms
    poacher turned gamekeeper
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    (especially British English) a person who has changed from one situation or attitude to the opposite one, especially somebody who used to oppose people in authority but is now in a position of authority
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: poacher