Each of these, now, is worth half-a-crown or three shillings, for they are the scarcest things possible.
It is far and away the scarcest and most precious substance in the world.
For the last five years I have been planning to come to these Highlands and dig in—where humanity is the scarcest.
The scarcest monkey in Borneo is the proboscis, or long-nosed.
Ice is about the scarcest thing in England, and cannot be had at the majority of bars.
I could have a hundred lovers—but, ach, friends are the scarcest things in the world.
It is one of the scarcest of books, there being, according to Mr. Moule, not more than fifty copies in the kingdom.
Again, there is a call for that scarcest of all things—statesmanship.
When Osborne sold the Harley collection, the scarcest old English books fetched but three or four shillings.
One of the scarcest things about this mine was timber with which to support the roof of the only drift that was being opened.
c.1300, "restricted in quantity," from Old North French scars "scanty, scarce" (Old French eschars, Modern French échars) from Vulgar Latin *scarsus, from *escarpsus, from *excarpere "pluck out," from classical Latin excerpere "pluck out" (see excerpt). As an adverb early 14c. from the adjective. Phrase to make oneself scarce "go away" first attested 1771, noted as a current "cant phrase." Related: Scarcely.