from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To cook in a boiling or simmering liquid: Poach the fish in wine.
- intransitive v. To trespass on another's property in order to take fish or game.
- intransitive v. To take fish or game in a forbidden area.
- intransitive v. To become muddy or broken up from being trampled. Used of land.
- intransitive v. To sink into soft earth when walking.
- intransitive v. To take or appropriate something unfairly or illegally.
- intransitive v. Sports To play a ball out of turn or in another's territory, as in doubles tennis.
- transitive v. To trespass on (another's property) for fishing or hunting.
- transitive v. To take (fish or game) illegally.
- transitive v. To make (land) muddy or broken up by trampling.
- transitive v. To take or appropriate unfairly or illegally.
- transitive v. Sports To play (a ball) out of turn or in another's territory.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to cook something in simmering water
- v. To become soft or muddy.
- v. To make soft or muddy.
- v. to take game or fish illegally while trespassing on someone's property
- v. to take anything illegally or unfairly
- v. to cause an employee or customer to switch from a competing company to your own company
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To steal or pocket game, or to carry it away privately, as in a bag; to kill or destroy game contrary to law, especially by night; to hunt or fish unlawfully.
- intransitive v. To become soft or muddy.
- transitive v. To cook, as eggs, by breaking them into boiling water; also, to cook with butter after breaking in a vessel.
- transitive v. To rob of game; to pocket and convey away by stealth, as game; hence, to plunder.
- transitive v. To stab; to pierce; to spear, as fish.
- transitive v. To force, drive, or plunge into anything.
- transitive v. To make soft or muddy by trampling.
- transitive v. To begin and not complete.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To poke; thrust; push; put.
- To stab; pierce; spear: as, to poach fish.
- To tread; break up or render slushy by frequent treading; mark with footprints.
- To make a thrust in or as in sword-play.
- To be penetrable, as soft muddy or marshy ground; be damp and swampy.
- To intrude or encroach upon another's preserves for the purpose of stealing game; kill and carry off game in violation of law.
- To trespass upon, especially for the purpose of killing and stealing game.
- To cook by breaking the shell and dropping the contents whole into boiling water: said of eggs.
- To gain an unfair advantage at the start of a race.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. hunt illegally
- v. cook in a simmering liquid
The insulting minstrel shows stole black music because there wasn't anything as interesting to poach from the white musical tradition.
Captain Joe Sakic missed his 12th straight game because of a groin injury, and Tyler Arnason (wrist), Brad Richardson (shoulder) and Kurt Sauer (neck) also are on the injured list, which has forced the team to poach from the AHL.
I will be putting together the mother of all Venice link lists eventually (something that really doesn't exist in a coherant way on line at the moment), and I'll poach from the Basilica's list for sure.
According to another theory the word poach may be related to the word poke.
The word poach in this sense is supposed to mean "bag" and this French root is the same one that gives English our words pouch and pocket; both little bags.
So I would also much rather see someone "poach" a few small trout from private waters, that see someone legally kill a top spawner for bragging rights.
Each environment has different infrastructure (often used to 'poach' users from other social network websites).
Democrats are trying to "poach" the traditionally Republican 2nd District seat, he said.
Something yummy and easy my Texan best friend does is sort of "poach" chicken breasts in a can of rotel.
Tax-cutting policies, which are still a national prerogative, allow member states to offset the rising costs of European social legislation and "poach" investors from one another.