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Definition of poach:

  1. To become soft or muddy.
  2. To begin and not complete.
  3. To cook, as eggs, by breaking them into boiling water; also, to cook with butter after breaking in a vessel.
  4. To force, drive, or plunge into anything.
  5. To make soft or muddy by trampling
  6. To rob of game; to pocket and convey away by stealth, as game; hence, to plunder.
  7. To stab; to pierce; to spear, as fish.
  8. 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.


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