4. To begin and not complete.
Origin: Cf. OF. Pocher to thrust or dig out with the fingers, to bruise (the eyes), F. Pouce thumb, L. Pollex, and also E. Poach to cook eggs, to plunder, and poke to thrust against.
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... Your flock. Don't put us on the barbecue Or simmer us in stock. Don't braise or bake or boil us Or stir-fry us in a wok. Oh, please don't lightly poach us Or baste us with hot fat. Don't fricassee or roast us Or boil us in a vat, And please don't stick Thy servants, Lord, In a Rotissomat. John ...
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