- 1Cook (an egg), without its shell, in or over boiling water: (as adjective poached) a breakfast of poached egg and grilled baconMore example sentences
- Salt in the water when poaching eggs will set the white quickly.
- To poach the eggs, pour 3.5cm of boiling water into a clean frying pan or saucepan and place it over a low heat - the water should show a few bubbles on the base of the pan, but no more.
- In the breakfast room, over poached eggs, she talks wittily and uninhibitedly.
- 1.1Cook by simmering in a small amount of liquid: poach the salmon in the white wineMore example sentences
- The food to be poached must be fully immersed in the liquid and not allowed to boil otherwise it can toughen the most delicate protein.
- The menu covers all eventualities, from salads and burgers to open sandwiches, steaks and chicken, as well as grilled and poached salmon.
- Which brings me rather neatly to my main course - advertised as poached fillet of salmon with dill and Muscadet, it sounded like a perfect light evening meal.
late Middle English: from Old French pochier, earlier in the sense 'enclose in a bag', from poche 'bag, pocket'.
- 1Illegally hunt or catch (game or fish) on land that is not one’s own, or in contravention of official protection.More example sentences
- She sets traps to try and poach fish from the local pond and checks them daily.
- Baited explosives are used to hunt pigs while dynamiting is the most popular method employed to poach fish.
- I think we have to differentiate here between those deer that have been legally shot at and those that have been illegally poached and there is a distinct difference.
- 1.1Take or acquire in an unfair or clandestine way: employers risk having their newly trained workers poached by other companiesMore example sentences
- Businesses will even more ruthlessly poach skilled workers off each other.
- ‘It is a fact that we have people in other firms trying to poach my staff telling them not to trust the big employer,’ he said.
- Last year, the company was forced to award a 17 percent pay increase to its drivers, in an effort to stop them being poached by other train operators.
- 1.2 [no object] (In ball games) take a shot that a partner or teammate would have expected to take.More example sentences
- His idea of defense is to try to block shots or poach the passing lanes.
- A doubles tennis player may win by poaching all of the time, but will his partner enjoy the game?
- However, his pace and the occasional flash of poaching ability should be good for 10 goals or so this season.
- 2(Of an animal) trample or cut up (turf) with its hoofs.More example sentences
- There has been a temptation on some farms to roll fields that have been badly poached.
- We have had our cows out since March but we have had to take them in again because they were poaching the land.
- Livestock poaching during the incessant wet weather and machinery operations on soft ground has done enormous damage to grass swards.
- 2.1 [no object] (Of land) become sodden by being trampled.More example sentences
- Open swards are more liable to poaching so greater care is needed.
- The objective is to minimise poaching, overgrazing and soil erosion as this can lead to siltation and nutrient enrichment of surface waters.
- Was it overgrazed, undergrazed, poached or closed too late?
poach on someone's territory
- Encroach on someone else’s rights.More example sentences
- We'll teach those little beggars not to poach on our territory.
- The University is going to poach on your territory with a computerized system to help companies find managers.
- Just remember, it's not considered very good taste to poach on another woman's territory.