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" I had to buy the whole carbs to get these, harder to find than hens teeth""
Hen's teeth are very expensive.
"as scarce as hen's teeth" I have heard very many times, ........
-There isn't much information on the roots of this phrase, but scholars have been able to dig up a few tidbits. Meaning 'very rare,' this phrase is thought to be an Americanism dating back to the colonial period (c. early 1600s.) While researchers believe it has been in use since then, its first recording doesn't appear until 1862. The imagery behind this phrase relates to something we probably don't think about too often: birds don't have teeth. There are some birds with serrated beaks leftover from their prehistoric ancestors, but none have teeth like mammals or some reptiles. If something is as scarce as hen's teeth, with a hen being a female bird, this object must be very rare indeed.
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