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verb poach pronunciation in British English /pəʊtʃ/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theypoach
he/she/itpoaches
present participlepoaching
past tensepoached
past participlepoached
  1. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to illegally catch or kill an animal, bird, or fish on someone else's property

    The two men were caught poaching lions on government land.

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