- to catch (game, fish, etc) illegally by trespassing on private property
- to encroach on or usurp (another person's rights, duties, etc) or steal (an idea, employee, etc)
- to take or play (shots that should belong to one's partner)
- to break up (land) into wet muddy patches, as by riding over it, or (of land) to become broken up in this way
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
- the illegal practice of trespassing on another's property to hunt or steal game without the landowner's permission.
- any encroachment on another's property, rights, ideas, or the like.
- poach1 + -ing1 1605–15
- to enter into (someone else's land) in order to hunt animals illegally: [no object]The men poaching in the game preserve were armed with machine guns.[~ + object]poaching the Masai Mara in search of elephants.
- to hunt for (game or fish) illegally: [no object]The men who were poaching had enough money to bribe the game wardens.[~ + object]They were poaching elephants using submachine guns.
- to take without permission and use as one's own:[~ + object]The salesmen were poaching his favorite clients.
poach2 /poʊtʃ/USA pronunciation v. [~ + object]
- Foodto cook (eggs, fish, etc.) in a hot liquid just below the boiling point.
- to trespass, esp. on another's game preserve, in order to steal animals or to hunt.
- to take game or fish illegally.
- (of land) to become broken up or slushy by being trampled.
- Sport(in tennis, squash, handball, etc.) to play a ball hit into the territory of one's partner that is properly the partner's ball to play.
- Informal Termsto cheat in a game or contest.
- to trespass on (private property), esp. in order to hunt or fish.
- to steal (game or fish) from another's property.
- to take without permission and use as one's own:to poach ideas; a staff poached from other companies.
- to break or tear up by trampling.
- to mix with water and reduce to a uniform consistency, as clay.
- Gmc; akin to poke1
- Middle French pocher to gouge
- earlier: to shove, thrust 1520–30
poach2 (pōch),USA pronunciation v.t.
- Foodto cook (eggs, fish, fruits, etc.) in a hot liquid that is kept just below the boiling point.
- Middle Dutch poke poke2
- Middle French pocher literally, to bag (the yolk inside the white), derivative of poche bag (French poche pocket)
- Middle English poche 1350–1400
- to simmer (eggs, fish, etc) very gently in water, milk, stock, etc