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poach

verb (TAKE)    /pəʊtʃ/ US  /poʊtʃ/
[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.StealingHunting [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.Stealing [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.Recruiting staff, applying for and accepting jobs
(Definition of poach verb (TAKE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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