poach poach [pəʊtʆ ǁ poʊtʆ] verb [intransitive, transitive]
1. HUMAN RESOURCES to persuade someone to leave an organization and come and work for you:

• Wall Street firms have always poached each other's star brokers.

poach from

• We prefer not to poach from other firms.

2. to unfairly or illegally use someone else's ideas:

• They were accused of poaching another agency's ideas.

poach from

• a concept poached from their main rival

— poaching noun [uncountable] :

• There is still some poaching between the major executive search firms.

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poach UK US /pəʊtʃ/ verb [I or T]
DISAPPROVING HR, COMMERCE to persuade employees or customers of another company to become your employees or customers instead: poach sb from sth »

The company is considering a nationwide expansion after poaching a new chief operating officer from a rival restaurant group.

poach staff »

He is suing the rival company for damages of about £35m after they poached 27 staff from him earlier this year.

poach clients/customers »

Such data should help newcomers to poach customers from existing companies.

to take ideas that belong to another person, company, etc. and use them for yourself, especially in a secret and dishonest way: »

Several unscrupulous IT companies are offering 'free' seminars on e-commerce to customers and then quietly poaching ideas.

poach talent — Cf. poach talent
poaching noun [U]

The major firms have strong, legally enforceable clauses regarding poaching of clients.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • poaching — the crime of taking game or other specified beasts and trespassing so to do. It is criminalised by, among other enactments, the Night Poaching Act 1828, the Game Laws (Amendment) Act 1960 and the Deer Act 1980. Collins dictionary of law. W. J.… …   Law dictionary

  • Poaching — For other uses, see Poaching (disambiguation). Environmental law …   Wikipedia

  • poaching — /poh ching/, n. 1. the illegal practice of trespassing on another s property to hunt or steal game without the landowner s permission. 2. any encroachment on another s property, rights, ideas, or the like. [1605 15; POACH1 + ING1] * * * ▪ law… …   Universalium

  • Poaching — 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. &… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • poaching — noun Trespassing in search of game …   Wiktionary

  • poaching — Synonyms and related words: abstraction, annexation, appropriation, baking, barbecuing, basting, boiling, boosting, braising, brewing, broil, broiling, catering, conversion, conveyance, cookery, cooking, cuisine, culinary science, domestic… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • poaching — poach·ing || pəʊtʃɪŋ n. illegal hunting of wildlife; process of cooking by boiling pəʊtʃ v. trespass, cross a border illegally; cook in boiling; hunt illegally for game or fish …   English contemporary dictionary

  • poaching —   Illegal removal of plants from their native habitat; common threat affecting the threatened status of cycads …   Expanded glossary of Cycad terms

  • poaching — HR the practice of recruiting people from other companies by offering inducements …   The ultimate business dictionary

  • poaching — In criminal law, the unlawful entry upon land for the purpose of taking or destroying fish or game. The illegal taking or killing of fish or game, Pocket veto. The act of the President in retaining a legislative bill without approving or… …   Black's law dictionary

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