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no frills

Void of extraneous details or embellishments; not fancy, decorous, or elaborate; simple. It's a real no frills kind of place, so we can get dinner someplace nicer, if you want. My history teacher is not someone who gets impressed by a beautiful cover page, so I made sure that my project was straightforward and no frills.
See also: frill, no

with no frills

With no extraneous details or embellishments. Not fancy, decorous, or elaborate. Simple. My history teacher is not someone who gets impressed by a beautiful cover page, so I made sure that my project was straightforward and presented the information with no frills.
See also: frill, no
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"But half the children in America now think that I wear big, frilly knickers.
She was flanked by Hollywood actress Scarlet Johansson and Kate Hudson, as she flaunted the frilly dress onstage.
YOU could knock me down with a frilly blouse, Jack McConnell and I actually have something in common.
Alf Hardy, curator at the British Wildlife Rescue Centre, said: "As soon as we heard that frilly underwear was being taken from washing lines we knew it had to be him as he'd been bringing saucy stuff back for some time.
Then, too, there are those little extras: perhaps lace drapes faintly painted in at the outer edges of the image, and a frilly filigree valance at the top, making a vast outdoor space into a cross between a proscenium and a boudoir; or else a looming central form that looks to be a skyscraper or a lighthouse but for a divide in the base, which, becoming a pair of legs, turns the whole form into a robotic figure or a fairy-tale giant.
It stands against the skyline on the ridge above Woolloomooloo, and seems to be almost frilly externally, with curving balconies setting up a detailed and animated contrapuntal pattern up the shaft, terminating in a generous wide cap at the top.
Her mount Frilly Front reared in the stalls and momentarily pinned her rider against the stalls' wall.
In one disturbing movement vignette, two ghostly young women dressed in frilly Victorian nightgowns were menaced by a burly, slobbering, growling mon.
McClintock is a purveyor of frilly prom dresses and other "romantic" clothing, an image that does not fit well with pictures of sweatshops filled with underpaid women workers.
Baby blue, PS59.90, Uniqlo Stripy, PS50, F&F @ Tesco Embellished, PS89, M&S Beige cardigan, PS65, F&F @ Tesco Magenta cashmere sweater, PS79, grey tartan skirt, PS35, both M&S; black tights, PS5.99, New Look; black shoes, PS116, French Connection Frilly knitwear is a big trend this winter.
Yet still the Christmas trees are glittering in the shops, frocks are getting ever more frilly on Strictly...
Sometimes people forget - they think it's evening wear and so it's got to be either beaded, glittery or frilly.
With its frilly leaves and colourful heart, the ornamental cabbage is a great focal point in winter baskets, planted alongside variegated ivies, heather and violas.
Rag trade pundits say frilly knickers, once worn by all women tennis players, have now become the 'must have' underwear for girls who want that something extra, by day or night.
George at Asda's new collection includes the black lace Femme Fatale set, pounds 14, and French Fancy frilly set pounds 15.