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scarcer than hens' teeth

Incredibly scarce or rare; extremely difficult or impossible to find. Support for the president is scarcer than 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

Singularly rare. Also put as scarcer than hen’s teeth, this allusion to nonexistent dentition is an Americanism of the nineteenth century. It appeared in James Gilmore’s My Southern Friends (1863): “Horses are scarcer than hen’s teeth around here.”
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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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As developable land becomes scarcer by the New York minute, Eastern Consolidated has been tapped to exclusively market four plots of prime land in Brooklyn's hip North Williamsburg neighborhood.
and couple that with scarcer supplies of such finite commodities as oil and gasoline and it makes the next couple decades and beyond look rather bleak.
Peppers and Rogers don't minimize the difficulty of serving customers, which, they write, "are even scarcer than capital.
All this while medical resources for the poor become scarcer and 45 million Americans have no health insurance.
As part of its promise to eliminate coal-fired electricity production, the Ontario government recently announced the closure of Atikokan's coal-fired power plant and the conversion of Thunder Bay's coal facility to natural gas, a more expensive and scarcer fuel.
As young talent becomes scarcer, employers will need to radically rethink their recruitment and management strategies.
Growing numbers of vagrants adopted more aggressive tactics, including threats of witchcraft, to extract ever scarcer resources.
As ice continues to retreat from the Arctic Ocean, animals that live on or hunt under the ice, including polar bears and several seal species, could grow scarcer or even go extinct.
Manpower is scarcer for the smaller than the larger member countries.
I've heard that amphibians are getting scarcer, but it doesn't seem to be the case in our yard.
Even if some farmers here switch to GM soy, many others will stick with non-GM soy because they realize that the scarcer non-GM soy gets, the more its export price will rise," says Juan Diego Ferres, industrial director of Granol Industria e Comercio, Brazil's sixth-largest soy-oil producer.
Tickets are scarcer than rocking horse manure but we've teamed up with our pals at Carling the official Old Firm sponsors to put a pair for each side up for grabs for the eagerly awaited showdown at Celtic Park.
Land became scarcer as statehood developed, farms were divided into smaller lots, the price of cotton dropped and generating enough income to support a family proved increasingly difficult.
I visited at lunchtime when drinkers were scarce and the staff even scarcer.