bells and whistles


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bells and whistles

Fig. extra, fancy add-ons or gadgets. I like cars that are loaded with all the bells and whistles. All those bells and whistles add to the cost.
See also: and, bell, whistle

bells and whistles

the things that something, especially a device or machine, has or does that are not necessary but that make it more exciting or interesting Your computer software may have all the latest bells and whistles, but is it good value for money?
See also: and, bell, whistle

bells and whistles

n. extra, fancy gadgets. All those bells and whistles add to the cost.
See also: and, bell, whistle
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The new devices replace aging equipment that was ``like an old car - it still runs but it doesn't have all the bells and whistles and is in the shop more than on the road,'' Kestler said.
If a user has been searching for a new calling plan, we can show that user an interactive image of a new phone with all the bells and whistles to entice the user to find out more, for example.
It has all the bells and whistles and high-tech features they didn't have 20 years ago,'' Ochsner sneered.
Ironically, increased voice capacity, at a much lower cost than GSM, may be overshadowing the video and data bells and whistles that everyone has been talking about.
When deciding who should get the first round of funding, the state Board of Education looked at how applicant schools would incorporate computer technology into the classroom curriculum and ``not use it just to be fancy bells and whistles,'' Edwards said.
We've listened to the needs of our customers and have developed hunting pieces that focus on performance fabrics and practical features rather than superfluous bells and whistles.
A lot of times, departments buy machines with all the bells and whistles that they don't need.
The Commons Beach enhancements, nestled on the shore of North Lake Tahoe flanking Tahoe City's downtown commercial corridor, were intended to restore and improve the once-bustling core of North Tahoe's main thoroughfare and achieved so with flying colors, as well as a few bells and whistles.
Now that Launch's creators have all the bells and whistles working, it'll be interesting to see what they do to make it a serious entity in music journalism.
Prices range from $900 to $1,500 depending on the bells and whistles.
If you read in the newspaper someone selling a brand new Mercedes Benz for the same price as a Ford Focus, bells and whistles would go off in your head.
We have to deliver all the technological bells and whistles out there, but our bells and whistles cannot make noise," Kauffman said.