- to trespass, especially on another's game preserve, in order to steal animals or to hunt.
- to take game or fish illegally.
- (of land) to become broken up or slushy by being trampled.
- (in tennis, squash, handball, etc.) to play a ball hit into the territory of one's partner that is properly the partner's ball to play.
- Informal. to cheat in a game or contest.
- to trespass on (private property), especially in order to hunt or fish.
- to steal (game or fish) from another's property.
- to take without permission and use as one's own: to poach ideas; a staff poached from other companies.
- to break or tear up by trampling.
- to mix with water and reduce to a uniform consistency, as clay.
Origin of poach1
- to cook (eggs, fish, fruits, etc.) in a hot liquid that is kept just below the boiling point.
Origin of poach2
Examples from the Web for poached
They are poached instead of hard-boiled, boasting anti-heroes with nihilistic worldviews who are nevertheless vulnerable.‘True Detective,’ Obsessive-Compulsive Noir, and ‘Twin Peaks’
March 14, 2014
If elephant, rhino, and other African wildlife are poached to extinction, tourism will dry up.Borana Joins the Fight to Save Kenya’s Rhinos…and Wants You to Help Too
February 18, 2014
Mired in scandal, the Vatican poached an American Fox News journalist to handle communications.Greg Burke: The Pope’s New PR Guy
Barbie Latza Nadeau
June 24, 2012
The resulting column revealed that on Sundays, Hoover ate a hearty breakfast of poached eggs and hotcakes.Hoover’s Secret Files
August 2, 2011
Last year Facebook poached Marne Levine, a White House economic adviser, to help run its global public policy efforts.Facebook Woos Washington
April 20, 2011
Who that has poached a pile does not gravitate there, as the needle to the pole?
Or put the sausages into boiling water, simmer them about five minutes, and serve them up with poached eggs, or roasted potatoes.
"I, too, will have some ham and a couple of poached eggs," he said.The Burning Spear
He got me under the jaw this evening, and I had to ask for poached eggs for supper.The Stark Munro Letters
J. Stark Munro
To many, boiled, fried, poached and scrambled form the limit of their knowledge.Sandwiches
Sarah Tyson Heston Rorer
- to catch (game, fish, etc) illegally by trespassing on private property
- to encroach on or usurp (another person's rights, duties, etc) or steal (an idea, employee, etc)
- tennis badminton to take or play (shots that should belong to one's partner)
- to break up (land) into wet muddy patches, as by riding over it, or (of land) to become broken up in this way
- (intr) (of the feet, shoes, etc) to sink into heavy wet ground
- to simmer (eggs, fish, etc) very gently in water, milk, stock, etc
Word Origin and History for poached
of eggs, mid-15c., past participle adjective from poach (v.2).
"steal game," 1520s, "to push, poke," from Middle French pocher "to thrust, poke," from Old French pochier "poke out, gouge, prod, jab," from a Germanic source (cf. Middle High German puchen "to pound, beat, knock," German pochen, Middle Dutch boken "to beat") related to poke (v.). Sense of "trespass for the sake of stealing" is first attested 1610s, perhaps via notion of "thrusting" oneself onto another's property, or perhaps from French pocher "to pocket" (see poach (v.2)). Related: Poached; poaching.
"cook in liquid," early 15c., from Old French poché, past participle of pochier (12c.), literally "put into a pocket" (as the white of an egg forms a pocket for the yolk), from poche "bag, pocket," from Frankish *pokka "bag," from Proto-Germanic *puk- (see poke (n.)). Related: Poached; poaching.