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English definition of “poach”

poach

verb [I or T]     /pəʊtʃ/
disapproving HR, COMMERCE to persuade employees or customers of another company to become your employees or customers instead : poach sb from sth The company is considering a nationwide expansion after poaching a new chief operating officer from a rival restaurant group .poach staff He is suing the rival company for damages of about £35m after they poached 27 staff from him earlier this year .poach clients/customers Such data should help newcomers to poach customers from existing companies .
to take ideas that belong to another person , company , etc. and use them for yourself, especially in a secret and dishonest way: Several unscrupulous IT companies are offering ' free ' seminars on e-commerce to customers and then quietly poaching ideas .
poach talent HR to persuade very able and skilled employees from another organization to come and work for you: Rival brokers have been sniffing around in a bid to poach talent .
poaching noun [U]
(Definition of poach verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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