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"poach" in British English

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poachverb

uk   /pəʊtʃ/  us   /poʊtʃ/

poach verb (COOK)

[T] to ​cook something such as a ​fish, or an ​egg with ​itsshellremoved, by putting it in ​gentlyboilingwater or other ​liquid: We had poached ​eggs for ​breakfast. Do you like ​pears poached in ​redwine?

poach verb (TAKE)

[I or T] to ​catch and ​killanimals without ​permission on someone else's ​land: The ​farmerclaimed 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 ​theirbestmanagers was poached by another ​company.
(Definition of poach from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"poach" in American English

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poachverb

 us   /poʊtʃ/

poach verb (COOK)

[T] to ​cook something in ​water or another ​liquid that is ​almostboiling: poached ​eggs

poach verb (TAKE ILLEGALLY)

[I/T] to ​catch or ​kill an ​animal without ​permission on someone else’s ​property, or to ​killanimalsillegally to get ​valuableparts of them: [T] Anybody you ​see with a ​piece of ​ivory has poached it. [I] Foreign ​fishingboats were ​caught poaching ​offshore.
poacher
noun [C]  us   /ˈpoʊ·tʃər/
(Definition of poach from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"poach" in Business English

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poachverb [I or T]

uk   us   /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 ​nationwideexpansion after poaching a new ​chiefoperatingofficer from a ​rivalrestaurantgroup.poach staff He is ​suing the ​rivalcompany 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 ​skilledemployees from another ​organization to come and ​work for you: Rival ​brokers have been sniffing around in a ​bid to poach ​talent.
poaching
noun [U]
The ​majorfirms have ​strong, ​legallyenforceableclausesregarding poaching of ​clients.
(Definition of poach from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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