- 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.
* * *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 talentpoaching noun [U]► »
The major firms have strong, legally enforceable clauses regarding poaching of clients.
Financial and business terms. 2012.