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Definition of "poach" [poach]

  • To cook in a boiling or simmering liquid: Poach the fish in wine. (verb-transitive)
  • To trespass on another's property in order to take fish or game. (verb-intransitive)
  • To take fish or game in a forbidden area. (verb-intransitive)
  • To become muddy or broken up from being trampled. Used of land. (verb-intransitive)
  • To sink into soft earth when walking. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "poach" in a sentence
  • "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."