(as) rare as hens' teeth

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(as) rare as hens' teeth

Incredibly scarce or rare; extremely difficult or impossible to find. Support for the president is as rare as hens' teeth in this part of the country.
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rare as hen's teeth


scarce as hen's teeth

If something is as rare as hen's teeth or as scarce as hen's teeth, it is extremely rare. Record companies are becoming as rare as hen's teeth. Note: Hens do not have teeth.
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rare (or scarce) as hen's teeth

extremely rare.
As hens do not possess teeth, the implication is that something is rare to the point of non-existence. The phrase was originally a US colloquialism, dating from the mid 19th century.
See also: rare, teeth
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Cutbacks have reduced parking wardens to the extent that they are as rare as hens' teeth.
Cash-strapped Hull Council, facing cuts of PS48million, is shedding workers in a city where jobs are as rare as hens' teeth.
My sincere apologies for not having written earlier but your estimable magazine is as rare as hens' teeth in the UK and it's only because a dear Texan friend sends me his cast-offs that I can find out what's what in shooting circles.
In those days, commemorative items were not produced at the drop of a hat as they are today and items commemorating this victory are about as rare as hens' teeth.
Original ideas in TV being as rare as hens' teeth (valuation pounds 10,000) (see endless palid variations on cooking, dancing and property), Antiques Roadshow has spawned plodding derivatives like Flog It, Cash in the Attic, Dickinson's Real Deal etc, which encourage punters to believe their junk has a price.
WITH mortgage availability as rare as hens' teeth, first-time buyers will be swooping on those inner city terrace-type properties that stand so stoutly across all districts.
Without the hard work and effort of the workers at Ryton over many years, Citroen cars would still be as rare as hens' teeth in the UK.
It not only looked great ( and the fans will buy these shirts in their droves ( but the Falcons won both matches, and in the recent past Newcastle away wins have been as rare as hens' teeth.
But I do recognise a modest sporting hero when I see one, and they're as rare as hens' teeth.
Simon Fairclough, of Edinburgh Solicitors Property Centre, said: "Parking spaces are as rare as hens' teeth.