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What does as rare as hen's teeth mean?


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as rare as hen's teeth

Definition

If something is as rare as hen's teeth, it is very rare.

Other variations of this idiom include:

- as scarce as hen's teeth.

The origin of the phrase


This idiom dates back to the mid 19th century.

Even if hens do not have teeth, this idiom is used to imply that something is rare to the point that its existence is impossible.

Example(s)

Good, dedicated plumbers are as rare as hen's teeth in this area.
Computers with the configuration you want are as rare as hen's teeth, but I'll try to find you one.

This idiom is in the animals category


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