rare breed

noun

: a relatively rare group
Back then, stay-at-home dads were a rare breed.

Examples of rare breed in a Sentence

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“Rare breed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rare%20breed. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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