pushcover

Pushcover is a regional term used in the eastern United States, specifically Appalachia, for thick brush into which an animal in a hunt, such as a foxhunt, is pursued. The word represents a kind of nominal compounding typical of German, but unusual in American English—in which, here, a verb is bluntly smooshed into a noun to create a more vivid or more specific descriptive image.

Susan Brind Morrow