One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A proverbial expression for: something impossible to obtain; a very large sum.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in The Tale of Beryn. Probably from the genitive of god + either cope (although this is apparently first attested later) or its etymon Middle Dutch coop purchase, financial transaction (Dutch koop).
God's cope/ɡɒdz ˈkəʊp/
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