Meaning of “bells and whistles” in the English Dictionary

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"bells and whistles" in British English

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(Definition of “bells and whistles” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bells and whistles" in Business English

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bells and whistlesnoun [ plural ]

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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.
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.

(Definition of “bells and whistles” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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