poaching


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poach 1

 (pōch)
tr.v. poached, poach·ing, poach·es
To cook in a boiling or simmering liquid: Poach the fish in wine.

[Back-formation from Middle English poched, poached, from poche, dish of poached eggs, from Old French, from past participle of pochier, to poach eggs, from poche, pocket, bag (from the appearance of poached eggs, in which the yolk is enclosed by the white), of Germanic origin.]

poach′a·ble adj.

poach 2

 (pōch)
v. poached, poach·ing, poach·es
v.intr.
1. To take fish or game illegally, especially by trespassing on another's property.
2.
a. To take or appropriate something unfairly or illegally.
b. To encroach on another person's rights or responsibilities: felt the guys in accounting were poaching on his turf.
c. Sports To play a ball out of turn or in another's territory, as in doubles tennis.
3. To become muddy or broken up from being trampled. Used of land.
4. To sink into soft earth when walking.
v.tr.
1. To take (fish or game) illegally, especially by trespassing on another's property.
2.
a. To take or appropriate unfairly or illegally: poaching another firm's best employees.
b. Sports To play (a ball) out of turn or in another's territory.
3. To make (land) muddy or broken up by trampling.

[Early Modern English poche, poach, to poke, probe, intrude, poach (game), from Middle French pocher, to poke (in the eye), from Old French pochier, to poke, gouge, from poche, bag, pouch (from the resemblance of an empty eye socket to a pouch), of Germanic origin; akin to Old North French poke; see poke3.]

poach′a·ble adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.poaching - cooking in simmering liquidpoaching - cooking in simmering liquid    
cookery, cooking, preparation - the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat; "cooking can be a great art"; "people are needed who have experience in cookery"; "he left the preparation of meals to his wife"
Translations

poaching

[ˈpəʊtʃɪŋ] Ncaza f/pesca f furtiva

poaching

[ˈpəʊtʃɪŋ] nbraconnage m

poaching

nWildern nt, → Wilderei f

poaching

[ˈpəʊtʃɪŋ] nbracconaggio, caccia (or pesca) di frodo
References in classic literature ?
The masses feel that drunkenness, stupidity, and immorality should be their own special property, and that if any one of us makes an ass of himself, he is poaching on their preserves.
Two Swedes, Carl Jenssen and Sven Malbihn, after three years of following false leads at last gave up the search far to the south of the Sahara to turn their attention to the more profitable business of ivory poaching.
I oughtn't to have done it," said Lady Conant apologetically, "but there has been no one at Pardons for so long that you'll forgive my poaching.
Because my own land was only taken from me by a crime, and a worse crime than poaching.
You know, Victor,' turning to his son, 'when we broke up that poaching gang they swore to knife us, and Sir Edward Holly has actually been attacked.
Perhaps they don't like to see anybody poaching in their country up in the air, or daring to fly like themselves
I was poaching on your preserves, and you wanted to get rid of me.
Before he left Stratford he wrote nothing unless it may have been a few scoffing verses against the Justice of the Peace who punished him for poaching.
As to the circumstances, there is reasonable plausibility in the later tradition that he had joined in poaching raids on the deer-park of Sir Thomas Lucy, a neighboring country gentleman, and found it desirable to get beyond the bounds of that gentleman's authority.
My promise to the procureur du roi at Grenoble was based upon your vow never to go poaching again, and to turn over a new leaf and become a steady, industrious worker.
Then follows the greasy cap lined with fur of a half-gipsy, poaching, loafing fellow, who travels the Vale not for much good, I fancy:
They confessed to poaching on Monsieur Stangerson's estates, and it was while they were poaching, on the night of the crime, that they were found not far from the pavilion at the moment when the outrage was being committed.