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bells and whistles

plural noun, Informal.
features added to a product; special parts or functions; extras.
Also called whistles and bells.
Origin of bells and whistles
1970-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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British Dictionary definitions for bells-and-whistles

bells and whistles

plural noun
additional features or accessories which are nonessential but very attractive: my car has all the latest bells and whistles
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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A BMW automobile

bells and whistles


: 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+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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