bells and whistles


plural noun Informal.

features added to a product; special parts or functions; extras.

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Origin of bells and whistles

First recorded in 1970–75
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British Dictionary definitions for bells and whistles

bells and whistles

pl n

additional features or accessories which are nonessential but very attractivemy car has all the latest bells and whistles
additions, such as options or warranties, made to a financial product to increase its market appeal

Word Origin for bells and whistles

C20: from the bells and whistles which used to decorate fairground organs
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