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bells and whistles

plural noun, Informal.
1.
features added to a product; special parts or functions; extras.
Origin
1970-1975
1970-75
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British Dictionary definitions for bells and whistle

bells and whistles

plural noun
1.
additional features or accessories which are nonessential but very attractive: my car has all the latest bells and whistles
2.
additions, such as options or warranties, made to a financial product to increase its market appeal
Word Origin
C20: from the bells and whistles which used to decorate fairground organs
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Slang definitions & phrases for bells and whistle

bells and whistles

modifier

: If you are a bells andwhistles guy, you will probably find these cars to be of more value

noun phrase
  1. Nonessential elements, esp when impressive and decorative; frills: the latest ''bells and whistles,'' as high-tech frills are called/ you strip away the technological bells and whistles
  2. Accessories and accoutrements, esp of the flashier sort; refinements; adornments; finishing touches: Maserati, with all the bells and whistles (1970s+)

bells and whistles

modifier

: If you are a bells and whistles guy, you will probably find these cars to be of more value

noun phrase
  1. Nonessential elements, esp when impressive and decorative; frills: the latest ''bells and whistles,'' as high-tech frills are called/ you strip away the technological bells and whistles
  2. Accessories and accoutrements, esp of the flashier sort; refinements; adornments; finishing touches: Maserati, with all the bells and whistles (1970s+)

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