- a person who trespasses on private property, especially to catch fish or game illegally.
- Also called sea-poacher. any of several slender, marine fishes of the family Agonidae, found chiefly in deeper waters of the North Pacific, having the body covered with bony plates.
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Examples from the Web for poacher
A boy kills a poacher, whereupon his father and grandfather argues about what to do.
Instead, he finds a poacher, raises his rifle, and fires a lethal blast.
"Why, it's the story of the poacher that she's telling us," he whispered.
Perhaps she recognised in him a faint resemblance to Macquart the poacher.
"Ay, I thought it was a poacher," interrupted Standish dryly.Standish of Standish
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"I—I reckon we'll call it Providence, all the same," said the poacher.
Into the poacher's eyes there crept his habitual shifty smile.
- a person who illegally hunts game, fish, etc, on someone else's property
- poacher turned gamekeeper someone whose occupation or behaviour is the opposite of what it previously was, such as a burglar who now advises on home security
- a metal pan with individual cups for poaching eggs
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Word Origin and History for poacher
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