Main definitions of poacher in English

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poacher1

noun

  • usually with modifier A pan for cooking eggs or other food by poaching.

    ‘an egg poacher’
    • ‘Alternatively, the truly easiest way to make poached eggs is with an egg poacher.’
    • ‘While the cups of the egg poacher can also be made of stainless steel, it is most important to find one with non-stick cups for the eggs.’
    • ‘Prevent discoloration in the bottoms of double boilers or egg poachers by adding 1 teaspoon vinegar to the water in the bottom pan.’
    • ‘Briefly considered buying an egg poacher but then I tried Carla's recipe for scrambled eggs.’
    saucepan, frying pan, pot, casserole, wok, skillet, bain-marie, fish kettle, pressure cooker, chafing dish
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Pronunciation

poacher

/ˈpəʊtʃə/

Main definitions of poacher in English

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poacher2

noun

  • 1A person who hunts or catches game or fish illegally.

    • ‘The game wardens have to be heavily armed, since the poachers regularly use automatic weapons against both animals and the authorities trying to protect them.’
    • ‘In just one decade, poachers have hunted the species to near extinction.’
    • ‘For years conservationists have fought to protect South Africa's elephants from poachers and hunters, but now it seems that they may have been too successful.’
    • ‘The government has lost control of the eastern parts of the country and poachers freely hunt down elephants for their ivory.’
    • ‘The conservancy employs 55 scouts to check on the rhinos' whereabouts and to catch poachers.’
    • ‘There are less than 200 of these wild cats left in Thailand and therefore it is difficult for hunters and poachers to find them.’
    • ‘A clampdown on salmon poachers in North Yorkshire has been announced following reports of an increase in numbers of fish returning to the rivers.’
    • ‘However, failure to catch any poachers has led police to believe that an organised gang is behind the apparent drop in wild deer numbers.’
    • ‘It has been estimated that in the 1960's, poachers were responsible for approximately 20,000 lion deaths per year in Serengeti National Park.’
    • ‘The poachers hunted rhinos into local extinction by the late 1980s.’
    • ‘Russian poachers catch them illegally to harvest their expensive caviar.’
    • ‘He was determined not to let poachers get to the eggs.’
    • ‘Anyone trying to take fish during the close season is breaking the law, and the agency is warning that fisheries enforcement teams armed with high tech equipment will be patrolling known hotspots to protect the fish from poachers.’
    • ‘The giant panda has become highly endangered, threatened by illegal logging and poachers in its Chinese habitat.’
    • ‘The elephant population alone dropped by more than 80 percent as poachers hunted them for ivory.’
    • ‘The aim of the trip was to see the Great White shark in its natural environment, and to learn more about the species and the poachers and fishermen who hunt it for trophies or for their fins.’
    • ‘The scouts usually catch five or six poachers a month as well as confiscating thousands of snares.’
    • ‘There are only 2,000 of the bears remaining, and they're threatened by hunters, poachers and habitat destruction.’
    • ‘He believes Chinese ivory dealers are entrenched in Africa, dealing directly with the poachers to supply China with high volumes of moderately priced ivory.’
    • ‘Biologists estimated that there were no more than 250 Siberian tigers left in the wild; dozens were being killed each year by poachers who hunted on foot, by car, and by helicopter.’
    • ‘In the past, when it is said that you could literally walk across their backs there were so many salmon running our rivers, then perhaps the poachers did little harm, but that is hardly the case today.’
    1. 1.1Soccer informal A player who is particularly skilled at taking fleeting chances to score goals.
      ‘the young Ukrainian is a real goal poacher and can put away chances most strikers wouldn't even attempt’
      ‘it was a good finish, a poacher's goal’
      • ‘Adrian Nye also bagged a brace with a couple of poacher's goals.’
      • ‘His long, thin frame, coupled with his blistering pace and clinical finishing, make him the ideal counter-attacking striker and all-purpose goal poacher.’
      • ‘Manager Warnock felt his side deserved to win but admitted that they were beaten by the assured touch of a seasoned poacher.’
      • ‘Considering they were up against two of the Second division's deadliest and costliest poachers in Martin Butler and Jamie Cureton they looked remarkably comfortable.’
      • ‘The 29-year-old has never been a prolific goal scorer but makes an ideal partner for a poacher.’
      • ‘Airdrie found the net again first, a poacher's special by Owen Coyle after Martin Hardie's curling shot came back off the post.’
      • ‘The Steelmen's most reliable poacher coolly slotted into an empty net from an acute angle to claim his 13th strike of the campaign.’
      • ‘The ace poacher, who has scored two goals in two games in City's promising start to the new campaign, reckons it is a pressure the team has to get used to.’
      • ‘Goal poacher Peter Duffield underlined his recovery from a career-threatening injury in stunning fashion.’
      • ‘Arsenal have strengthened all over, perhaps solving their lack of a natural goal-poacher in the predatory Francis Jeffers.’
      • ‘These poachers are confident that nine times out of ten, they'll smack that ball into the net, taking the glory and confirming their attitude.’
      • ‘Two typical late poacher's goals in quick succession from Luke Beckett, and Barlow's superb volley eight minutes from time earned Stockport an amazing point.’
      • ‘They are all good players and all have their different strengths but we just haven't had an out and out poacher since Stuart Barlow left.’
      • ‘Fisher got the ball close to the Melrose line and Cunningham's poacher's instinct served him well for the second time.’
      • ‘Both Shearer and Larsson are more predators than goal poachers.’
      • ‘York marks the diminutive poacher's 13th club in a 13-year career that has taken him the length and breadth of England and Scotland.’
      • ‘This left the celebrated poacher Novo free to drift into a more central, and potentially more promising, striking position.’
      • ‘Gray struck in the final minute at Turf Moor with a poacher's finish to wrap up the seventh away win and send City soaring three places to 15th.’
      • ‘He is still one of the country's top goal poachers.’
      • ‘It was left to Gallagher to complete his hat-trick with a typical poacher's finish at the far post after Morgan had mis-cued an attempted shot.’
  • 2A small spiny fish which has an armour of overlapping plates and lives chiefly in cooler coastal waters.

Phrases

  • poacher turned gamekeeper

    • Someone who now protects the interests they previously attacked.

      ‘in the clearest case ever of poacher turned gamekeeper, the brewers are joining together in a crusade against alcohol abuse’
      • ‘Sometimes, the poacher turned gamekeeper proves successful.’
      • ‘In recent years, Bahabadin's own people have rushed in to dig up artifacts, until Bahabadin himself was hired to stop the looting - the poacher turned gamekeeper.’
      • ‘I suppose it is a case of poacher turned gamekeeper.’
      • ‘He was a successful Merchant Venturer and when in 1613 he was appointed surveyor-general of the customs, it was a case of poacher turned gamekeeper.’

Pronunciation

poacher

/ˈpəʊtʃə/