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no-frills

[noh-frilz]
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adjective
  1. providing or including basic services and necessities without any additional features or amenities: Food and beverages are not covered by the low no-frills air fare.
  2. no-name.
  3. unadorned; simple; plain; spare: a straightforward, no-frills package of health-care benefits.

Origin of no-frills

First recorded in 1955–60
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no-frills

adjective
  1. offering only a basic service in order to keep costs lowa no-frills airline
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Word Origin and History for no-frills

adj.

1957, from no + frills. The expression no thrills meaning "without extra flourishes or ornamentation" is in use from 1870s; the original notion probably is of plain clothing.

Man with no frills (American) a plain person, a man without culture or refinement. An amiable term to express a vulgar fellow. [Albert Barrere and Charles G. Leland, "A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant," Ballantyne Press, 1890]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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