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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
fried/poached/boiled etc eggs
steamed/poached fish (=cooked over boiling water)
▪ The kitchen smelt of steamed fish.
▪ The chicken was poached with basil and pepper.
▪ Volkswagen poached Lopez from GM in 1993.
▪ But the Gulf of California is closer than you think, and currently under assault by everything from pollution to poaching.
▪ Companies in the survey were asked if they used any mechanisms to protect themselves against poaching by other businesses employing headhunters.
▪ In the New World preachers felt free to encroach and poach in search of souls.
▪ They no longer poach pigeons in public parks.
▪ Third, the ground must be well drained to prevent it being poached by the animals.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Poach \Poach\, v. t. [Cf. OF. pocher to thrust or dig out with the fingers, to bruise (the eyes), F. pouce thumb, L. pollex, and also E. poach to cook eggs, to plunder, and poke to thrust against.]

  1. To stab; to pierce; to spear, as fish. [Obs.]

  2. To force, drive, or plunge into anything. [Obs.]

    His horse poching one of his legs into some hollow ground.
    --Sir W. Temple.

  3. To make soft or muddy by trampling.

  4. To begin and not complete. [Obs.]


Poach \Poach\, v. i. To become soft or muddy.

Chalky and clay lands . . . chap in summer, and poach in winter.


Poach \Poach\ (p[=o]ch), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Poached (p[=o]cht); p. pr. & vb. n. Poaching.] [F. pocher to place in a pocket, to poach eggs (the yolk of the egg being as it were pouched in the white), from poche pocket, pouch. See Pouch, v. & n.]

  1. To cook, as eggs, by breaking them into boiling water; also, to cook with butter after breaking in a vessel.

  2. To rob of game; to pocket and convey away by stealth, as game; hence, to plunder.


Poach \Poach\, v. i. 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; as, to poach for rabbits or for salmon.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"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 (compare 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.


Etymology 1 vb. (context transitive English) To cook something in simmering water. Etymology 2

vb. 1 (context transitive intransitive English) To take game or fish illegally. 2 (context transitive intransitive English) To take anything illegally or unfairly. 3 (context transitive intransitive English) To cause an employee or customer to switch from a competing company to your own company.

  1. v. hunt illegally; "people are poaching elephants for their ivory"

  2. cook in a simmering liquid; "poached apricots"


Usage examples of "poach".

When the eggs are nicely poached, remove the eggs, with the asparagus below, on to rounds of toasted and buttered bread.

Dip in half-set aspic the white of egg, poached and cut in fanciful shapes, and small gherkins cut in thin slices, and decorate the bottom and sides of a charlotte or cylindrical mould standing in ice water.

Inshore, the other fishermen and crabbers would poach on your territory, cut your nets and steal your traps.

Wild fowl stuffed with ocean grasses of dulse and laver surrounded the pig as did several varieties of steamed and boiled fish, including delicately poached salmon dressed with watercress.

Maus abhorred tea bags, pressure cookers, canned fruit cocktail, bottled mayonnaise, instant coffee, iceberg lettuce, monosodium glutamate, eggs poached in geometric shapes, New England boiled dinners, and anything resembling a smorgasbord, salad bar, or all-you-can-eat buffet.

To the vapid and irreflective observer he was not much to look at in the early stages of his career, having a dough-like face almost entirely devoid of nose, a lack-lustre eye, and the general appearance of a poached egg.

Margaret Johnson was always kind to me, complimenting me on the poached salmon or the navarin of lamb, and I responded to her kindness in a numb fashion, having no chance to respond in any other way.

He was on turf as short as a lawn, cumbered with a tell-tale rod and a poached salmon.

If convenient, the eggs may be poached in a second dish, and in milk, water or stock.

Perhaps you have for breakfast poached eggs on toast, Deerfoot sausage or boiled ham.

During the tired embers of the 1990s the creatures had been illegally poached and hunted into the remote high country and the desert fastnesses.

All the way from New York I could taste the chubby oysters poached in their own sea-salt liquor, rich with woody smoke and the grassy sweetness of wild onions.

New York restaurant of bygone days called Divan Parisien, where poached chicken was laid on a bed of broccoli and covered with hollandaise sauce.

He must, if the charge of poaching cannot be dropped, be a poacher and a foreign devil.

The charge of poaching was first gone into, but was immediately disposed of by the evidence of the two Professors, who stated that the prisoner bore no resemblance to the poacher they had seen, save that he was about the same height and age, and was respectably dressed.