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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.
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.
A week after the Prime Minister called the general election, sightings of her are still as scarce as hen's teeth.
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.
Could this be due in some way to the fact that the traditional engineering apprenticeship is as rare as hen's teeth in South Wales, coupled with a destruction of our engineering and manufacturing base?
In-house ad makeup will become as rare as hen's teeth.
Along with a good rifle you should have a good case, and they are rare as hen's teeth to find.
Just think, if the clearing house ceased, banks would almost certainly cease handling postal orders so that recipients would have to go to the post office and in some areas, after Gordon Brown's reign, these have become scarcer than hen's teeth.
Winners at 14-1 for the combined force of John Gosden and William Buick are about as rare as hen's teeth, but Oriental Cat did just that in the 1m2f handicap.
As you'd expect from a car which will cost from pounds 144,100 when it goes on sale in the UK next January, this latest Speedster comes with plenty of luxury kit as standard, not least of which is Porsche's Vehicle Tracking System - something very necessary on a car which is going to be as rare as the proverbial hen's teeth on British roads.
22 conversions are as scarce as hen's teeth, and for another, we wouldn't be able afford to buy a Kart if we found one.