Poach

Definition of Poach

Pronunciation: pōch
v. t.1.To cook, as eggs, by breaking them into boiling water; also, to cook with butter after breaking in a vessel.
[imp. & p. p. Poached (pōcht); p. pr. & vb. n. Poaching.]
2.To rob of game; to pocket and convey away by stealth, as game; hence, to plunder.
v. i.1.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.
v. t.1.To stab; to pierce; to spear, as fish.
2.To force, drive, or plunge into anything.
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.
v. i.1.To become soft or muddy.
Chalky and clay lands . . . chap in summer, and poach in winter.
- Mortimer.

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