(as) scarce as hens' teeth

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(as) scarce as hens' teeth

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

 and scarcer than hen's teeth
Cliché scarce; seldom found. (*Also: as ~.) I do declare, decent people are as scarce as hen's teeth in these chaotic times. Handmade lace is scarcer than hen's teeth; most lace is made by machine.
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scarce as hen's teeth

Also, scarcer than hen's teeth. Exceptionally rare, as in On a rainy night, taxis are as scarce as hen's teeth. Since hens have no teeth, this term in effect says that something is so scarce as to be nonexistent. [Mid-1800s]
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scarce as hen's teeth

Nonexistent. Hens have no teeth, so what could possibly be scarcer? (Stones in their gizzards act as teeth to grind their food).
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Tickets are as scarce as hens' teeth but sports fans can enjoy free entertainment between January 29 and February 1 around Times Square, where part of Broadway will be re-christened Super Bowl Boulevard, featuring a giant toboggan run and a stage hosting nightly concerts.
As I am about to start redesigning my outdated 1965 freeform pool and live on an island (Vancouver Island, north of Seattle) where pools are scarce as hens' teeth and pool designers do not exist, I don't know if I covet more the beautiful uplifting pools you featured or the fact that the owners all had the help of expertise I canot find here.
In a world where IPOs are as scarce as hens' teeth, nanotech is a bright spot in the venture capital firmament.