one in a thousand

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one in a thousand

 and one in a hundred; one in a million
Fig. nearly unique; one of a very few. He's a great guy. He's one in million. Mary's one in a hundredsuch a hard worker.
See also: one, thousand
References in classic literature ?
Not one in a hundred will ever think anything about your dress, except that it is pretty.
The beasts know it not, the blacks only a little, while to one in a hundred thousand of earth's dominant race it is given as a gift from heaven that man may not perish from the earth.
You might not see one in a hundred with gentleman so plainly written as in Mr.
Grant, there is not one in a hundred of either sex who is not taken in when they marry.
He had a conviction that not one in a hundred of them was intrinsically square; and as for the square ones, he prophesied that, playing in a crooked game, they were sure to lose and in the long run go broke.