Definition of as rare (or scarce) as hen's teeth in English:

as rare (or scarce) as hen's teeth

phrase

  • Extremely rare.

    • ‘In Australia (where I'm from) these units are as scarce as hen's teeth.’
    • ‘Good, dedicated filing clerks are as rare as hen's teeth.’
    • ‘With the union chief pointing out that taxis were still as rare as hen's teeth at weekends, he expects messages to start rolling in.’
    • ‘Getting rooms for girls is like hen's teeth, as they keep the numbers as even as possible, and being as there are about twice as many women dancing as men, the women's rooms go pronto presto.’
    • ‘She acknowledged the existence of differences between men and women, but argued that the reason ‘women are as scarce as hen's teeth’ in academia is due to discrimination.’
    • ‘They're about as rare as hen's teeth, but I'll try to find you one.’
    • ‘No wonder both teams are finding victories about as rare as hen's teeth.’
    • ‘These will be as rare as hen's teeth in the selections made by Scotland coach Berti Vogts for Saturday's first leg at Hampden, and the return in the Amsterdam Arena four days later.’
    • ‘The police are as rare as hen's teeth in Bingley so we have to wait for a terrible accident before anything will be done (if then).’
    • ‘Floral gifts are as rare as hen's teeth round my house too, as it happens, and asking the women of my acquaintance, it seems I'm not the only one.’
    rare, uncommon, unusual, exceptional, few and far between, few, like gold dust, as scarce as hens' teeth
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