god·​send | \ˈgäd-ˌsend also ˈgȯd- \

Definition of godsend 

: a desirable or needed thing or event that comes unexpectedly The widespread rain was a godsend for farmers.

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Examples of godsend in a Sentence

that holiday bonus has proved to be a godsend for my bills

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For the left, the GOP’s failure to repeal was a godsend that gave Republicans responsibility for ObamaCare’s flaws, while reinforcing a GOP image of being heartless, incapable of leadership and undeserving of trust. WSJ, "John McCain and the GOP Loss of the House," 13 Nov. 2018 Sort of Coal, a Danish company devoted to all things charcoal-based, has a Kuro Shampoo that is a godsend for those perpetually plagued by oily scalp (that the bottle boasts a cool, pared-down, display-ready aesthetic is a bonus). Fiorella Valdesolo, Town & Country, "Dark Star," 29 May 2014 For Appalachian Trail through-hikers, Luray is a godsend, beginning with its informative Luray-Page County Visitors Center. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian, "The 20 Best Small Towns To Visit in 2018," 5 June 2018 But Heynckes was eager to praise the impact of the former Stuttgart shot-stopper after the game, claiming that Ulreich has been a 'godsend' for Bayern this season. SI.com, "Jupp Heynckes Lauds 'Exceptional' Bayern Munich Star As Reds Secure Cup Final Place," 18 Apr. 2018 The 6-foot-5-inch, 325-pounder ended up being a godsend. Julian Benbow, BostonGlobe.com, "What to look for from BC football in 2018," 15 June 2018 Finding out about Penfield Children's Center in Milwaukee was like a godsend for her. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Penfield Children's Center provides specialized child care for kids with medical needs," 17 Apr. 2018 Eventually, eBay proved to be a godsend, but not without verification. Stan Grossfeld, BostonGlobe.com, "This guy has 757 Red Sox bats, and each one tells a story," 5 July 2018 But at the same time, illness and disability communities have been a godsend for me, especially online. Katie Heaney, The Cut, "‘Being Believed Is Everything’: What It’s Like Living With a Controversial Diagnosis," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of godsend

1792, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for godsend

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English Language Learners Definition of godsend

: something that provides great and usually unexpected help when it is needed

: a very helpful person


god·​send | \ˈgäd-ˌsend \

Kids Definition of godsend

: some badly needed thing that comes unexpectedly The new job was a godsend.

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