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poach

verb uk   /pəʊtʃ/  us   /poʊtʃ/

poach verb (COOK)

[T] to cook something such as a fish, or an egg with its shell removed, by putting it in gently boiling water or other liquid: We had poached eggs for breakfast. Do you like pears poached in red wine?

poach verb (TAKE)

[I or T] to catch and kill animals without permission on someone else's land: The farmer claimed that he shot the men because they were poaching on his land. [T] to take and use for yourself unfairly or dishonestly something, usually an idea, that belongs to someone else: Jeff always poaches my ideas, and then pretends that they're his own. [T] disapproving to persuade someone who works for someone else to come and work for you: They were furious when one of their best managers was poached by another company.
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