|Origin:||pochier, from poche 'bag, pocket'|
to cook an egg in or over gently boiling water, without its shell:
poached eggs on toast
to gently cook food, especially fish, in a small amount of boiling water, milk etc:
Poach the salmon in white wine and water.
to illegally catch or shoot animals, birds, or fish, especially on private land without permission:
animals[intransitive and transitive]SCC
Deer have been poached here for years.
to persuade someone who belongs to another organization, team etc to leave it and join yours, especially in a secret or dishonest way:
That company's always poaching our staff.
Several of their reporters were poached from other papers.
to take and use someone else's ideas unfairly or illegally
characters poached from Shakespeare
5 British English
to do something that is someone else's responsibility, especially when they do not want you to do it
—poaching noun [uncountable]WORD FOCUS: cook
the poaching of elephants for their ivory tusks
fry (in oil)
boil (in hot water)
bake (bread and cakes in an oven)
roast (meat or vegetables in an oven)
microwave (using a microwave oven)
grill/broil American English (using a grill)
steam, toast, simmer, poach, barbecue, stir-fry, saute, chargrill
raw (not cooked)
rare (used about meat that has been cooked for a short time)
well-done (used about meat that has been cooked for a long time)cook
➔ See also cook