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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
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The two decisions rejecting these claims are significant because, as the court noted, securities fraud class actions in which reliance on share price can be disproved are as rare as hens teeth.
This annual exhibition and sale of art and crafts from local makers is curated by the Hens Teeth Arts group, established in 2005.
Being in a place where you really can't be bothered seeing anyone or having a chat on the phone is rarer than hens teeth for you but it looks as if you're in that place.
Hens Teeth is well known for staging the successful annual exhibition 'Art at the Altar' every November.
Plumbers, good or bad, are scarcer than hens teeth.