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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]
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