few and far between


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few and far between

very few; few and widely scattered. Get some gasoline now. Service stations on this highway are few and far between. Some people think that good movies are few and far between.
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few and far between

not very many or not appearing very frequently He grew up at a time when jobs were few and far between.
See also: and, far, few

few and far between

At wide intervals, scarce, as in Supporters of the amendment are few and far between. This expression originally was used very literally for physical objects such as houses appearing at widely separated intervals. Today it is also used more loosely. [Mid-1600s]
See also: and, far, few