bells and whistles


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bells and whistles

Additional features, perhaps trendy or fancy ones, that are not required for an object's proper functioning. This darn car has so many bells and whistles that I can't figure out how to open the gas tank! Do you have any cell phones with fewer bells and whistles? I really don't need anything fancy.
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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.
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bells and whistles

You can call special features of something bells and whistles if they are not necessary parts of something, but are added to make the thing more attractive or interesting. A lot of people want anxiety-free products — simple items without lots of fancy bells and whistles and complex instructions. Note: In the past, organs were played in cinemas when silent films were shown. Some of these organs had devices attached to them which produced sound effects such as bells and whistles.
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bells and whistles

attractive additional features or trimmings. informal
The bells and whistles originally referred to were those found on old fairground organs. Nowadays, the phrase is often used in computing jargon to mean ‘attractive but superfluous facilities’.
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bells and ˈwhistles

attractive extra features: a software package with more new bells and whistles than ever
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bells and whistles

n. extra, fancy gadgets. All those bells and whistles add to the cost.
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What it means is the emphasis of MLB Advanced Media, established last June by the league owners to centralize all of the sport's Internet operations, is a uniform look of quality and quantity rather than each team trying to outdo the others with bells and whistles.
Enterprises and service providers often have to compromise when selecting traffic management products, forced to choose between consumer-level products that lack features and performance, and overly expensive solutions with unneeded bells and whistles.
Lloyd Webber's mediocre musical adaptation of Billy Wilder's great 1950 film needs all the bells and whistles - the hydraulic mansion descending from the rafters, the magnificent Paramount Gate dominating the stage and the perfectly wrought interior of Schwabb's Pharmacy - that were so awe-inspiring in the original Glenn Close-starring Broadway production of a few years back.
Bodenheimer stated that avid ESPN consumers are more likely to own wireless devices with "all the bells and whistles.
Ghostbusters'' is being released on DVD today with all the bells and whistles - more like bells, whistles, tympani and chimes - that make this format a delight for film lovers.
COM, an Internet online dating portal, that will be equipped with all of the bells and whistles available.
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.
It's no secret that the high cost of other tools in the market are used, in part, to pay for high-rent office space, expensive face-to-face meetings with sales reps, and bells and whistles that a developer does not require.
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.
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.
A lot of times, departments buy machines with all the bells and whistles that they don't need.
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.
Prices range from $900 to $1,500 depending on the bells and whistles.