bells and whistles


bells and whistles
noun plural
: items or features that are useful or decorative but not essential : frills

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Informal.
features added to a product; special parts or functions; extras.
[1970-75]

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bells and whistles (slang)
Additional, largely decorative rather than functional features
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Main Entry:bell

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bells and whistles UK US noun [plural]
the additional features that make something attractive to use or look at

It’s got a fast modem, video card...all the bells and whistles.

Thesaurus: advantages and benefitssynonym

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informal attractive additional features or trimmings

an advocate of more bells and whistles on the income tax code

Origin:
an allusion to the various bells and whistles of old fairground organs

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noun [plural]
informal : parts and features that are useful or appealing but not essential or necessary :

frills

The car was equipped with all the bells and whistles you could ask for.

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ˌbells and ˈwhistles [bells and whistles] noun plural (computing)
attractive extra features

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