bells and whistles

plural noun
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of bells and whistles

: items or features that are useful or decorative but not essential : frills

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First Known Use of bells and whistles

1968

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  • : parts and features that are useful or appealing but not essential or necessary


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