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hens' teeth

Something very scarce (because hens have no teeth). Typically used in phrases like "rarer than hens' teeth." I can hardly believe your brother got an A on his final exam—grades like that are rarer than hens' teeth for him!
See also: teeth
References in classic literature ?
Whales are scarce as hen's teeth whenever thou art up here.
"Primate fossils are as rare as hen's teeth," said first author Richard Kay, a professor of evolutionary anthropology at Duke who has been doing paleontological research in South America for nearly four decades.
So for now, a straight and honest answer from Boris remains as rare as hen's teeth.
"And when I contacted colleagues in the States, it was as rare as hen's teeth there."
Isn't it now clear that Kenyan millionaires are as rare as hen's teeth?
She meets more wolverines than people and they're rarer than hen's teeth. However, when it comes to lonely, she is living in the middle of London compared to the underemployed chap who photographs incoming players holding a scarf on our pitch.
Taking an authentic new product to market these days is as rare as hen's teeth. In our own small way ChickenGuard are following in long line of Great British Inventions from Jethro Tull to Mr Dyson and Tim Berners Lee."
original frier left With no to replace Neil Baptist the no close achieve of potential Great friers are like hen's teeth. There is a real skill to cooking chips and the people who are good at it are snapped up Rev Neil Roberts
ASK anyone with a dairy-free diet and they will tell you that Baileys Almande has been as rare as hen's teeth to find over the last few months.
LONDON -- Chicken is still as scarce as hen's teeth at KFC's British outlets.
Not so many years ago"real"local derbies were as rare as hen's teeth.
It's rare as hen's teeth to find something honestly different when it comes to holsters--but this is one.
WHEN it comes to perfecting one's looks at the least cost, common sense can be as scarce as hen's teeth.
Powerplay goals have been something like hen's teeth and the big signings like Rawlyk and Jereme Tendler haven't quite captured their form of last season.