scarce as hen's 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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(as) rare/scarce as hen’s ˈteeth

(old-fashioned) extremely rare: Critics always complain that good movies that the whole family can see together are as scarce as hen’s teeth.
This refers to the fact that hens do not have teeth.
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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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If accurate, the war president has also come to the conclusion that "moderate" armed factions are scarcer than hen's teeth, and that international backlash is inevitable if victory - if any - is heavily Al-Qaeda influenced.
Alistair said: "We thought originally that we would move to a bungalow but they are scarcer than hen's teeth, and expensive.
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.
And then on Saturday, Jason Manford is also at the Empire - although I hear tickets are scarcer than hen's teeth.
Employment opportunities are scarcer than hen's teeth, particularly for a parolee who cannot leave the state.