bells and whistles


bells and whistles
bells and whistles ˌbells and ˈwhistles noun [plural] MARKETING
extra things that are offered with a product or system to make it more attractive to buyers:

• Fax systems on the market today offer bells and whistles such as answering-machine capability.

• The basic rule about computer memory is this: Buy as much as you can afford, even if it means sacrificing other bells and whistles.

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   Additional features of a security designed to attract investors and/or reduce issuer costs.

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bells and whistles UK US noun [plural]
MARKETING special features that are added to a product or system to attract more buyers: »

Karoll advised others to make their software systems user-friendly for employees, rather than add so many bells and whistles that it becomes an aggravation.

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Manufacturers will, therefore, still build luxury cars with all the bells and whistles but cheaper systems will be rolling down the road within the next two years.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • Bells and whistles — refers to Visual attractiveness It may also refer to: * More Bells and Whistles (computer animation), a 1990 computer animation created by Wayne Lytle * Detana!! TwinBee, a 1991 arcade game made by Konami (distributed in Europe as Bells Whistles… …   Wikipedia

  • bells and whistles — are attractive features that things like computer programs have, though often a bit unnecessary …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • bells and whistles —    Bells and whistles are attractive features that things like computer programs have, though often a bit unnecessary.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • Bells and whistles —   Bells and whistles are attractive features that things like computer programs have, though often a bit unnecessary …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • bells and whistles — [n] added value features accessories, added features, attractive features, chrome, dressing, extras, gongs, trappings; concepts 386,829 …   New thesaurus

  • bells and whistles — ► bells and whistles attractive additional features or trimmings. Main Entry: ↑bell …   English terms dictionary

  • bells and whistles — pl.n. Informal inessential, usually showy features or additions; frills …   English World dictionary

  • bells and whistles — noun plural : items or features that are useful or decorative but not essential : frills * * * Informal. features added to a product; special parts or functions; extras. [1970 75] * * * bells and whistles (slang) Additional, largely decorative… …   Useful english dictionary

  • bells and whistles — n. extra, fancy gadgets. □ I like machines with all the bells and whistles. □ All those bells and whistles add to the cost …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • bells and whistles —  Features, details.  ► “However, everything in the BOX amounts to very little without the applications. Too much time and energy are spent on bells and whistles.” (Journal of Systems Management, July/Aug. 1995, p. 12) …   American business jargon