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[god-send] /ˈgɒdˌsɛnd/
an unexpected thing or event that is particularly welcome and timely, as if sent by God.
Origin of godsend
1805-15; earlier God's send, variant (by influence of send1) of God's sond or sand, Middle English Godes sand (sand Old English: message, service) Unabridged
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  • This turtle was a godsend, and was just what I needed to change my diet.

    Perseverance Island Douglas Frazar
  • It was a godsend; we were nearly penniless,—and oh, so shabby!

    The Flaming Jewel Robert W. Chambers
  • It is not often that such a godsend comes in the way of an under-secretary; and he was intent upon his performance.

    The Way We Live Now Anthony Trollope
  • No doubt hospitals are a godsend to the poor, immediately if not ultimately.

    A Poor Man's House Stephen Sydney Reynolds
  • No notice of this ever appeared publicly in the local prints, to which such things are usually a godsend.

    Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett
British Dictionary definitions for godsend


a person or thing that comes unexpectedly but is particularly welcome
Word Origin
C19: changed from C17 God's send, alteration of goddes sand God's message, from Old English sand; see send1
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Word Origin and History for godsend

1814, "a shipwreck" (from the perspective of people living along the coast), from Middle English Godes sonde (c.1200) "God's messenger; what God sends, gift from God, happening caused by God," from god + Middle English sonde "that which is sent, message," from Old English sand, from sendan (see send (v.)). Sense of "happy chance" is from 1831.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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