bells and whistles


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bells and whistles

pl.n.
Nonessential features or enhancements intended especially to add commercial appeal.

bells and whistles

pl n
1. additional features or accessories which are nonessential but very attractive: my car has all the latest bells and whistles.
2. (Banking & Finance) additions, such as options or warranties, made to a financial product to increase its market appeal
[C20: from the bells and whistles which used to decorate fairground organs]

bells′ and whis′tles


n.pl.
Informal.
features added to a product; special parts or functions; extras.
[1970–75]
Translations
Sonderlocke
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