Meaning of “poach” in the English Dictionary

"poach" in English

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uk /pəʊtʃ/ us /poʊtʃ/

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.

(Definition of “poach” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"poach" in American English

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us /poʊtʃ/

poach verb (COOK)

[ T ] to cook something in water or another liquid that is almost boiling:

poached eggs

poach verb (TAKE ILLEGALLY)

[ I/T ] to catch or kill an animal without permission on someone else’s property, or to kill animals illegally to get valuable parts of them:

[ T ] Anybody you see with a piece of ivory has poached it.
[ I ] Foreign fishing boats were caught poaching offshore.
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 /pəʊtʃ/ us

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.
noun [ U ]

(Definition of “poach” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)