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.
See also: and, bell, whistle