few and far between

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few and far between (comparative fewer and farther between or fewer and further between, superlative fewest and farthest between or fewest and furthest between)

  1. (idiomatic) Rare and scarce; hard to find.
    • 2010 December 29, Mark Vesty, “Wigan 2 - 2 Arsenal”, in BBC[1]:
      The gear change never happened and although chances were few and far between in the second half it looked like below-par Arsenal would escape the DW Stadium with three points - especially when N'Zogbia was sent off with 12 minutes to play.