What does "bells and whistles" mean?

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bells and whistles

Definition:

extra features that aren't essential for the operation of a machine, such as the global positioning system (GPS) in a car

Usage:

used in both conversation and writing

Sample Dialogue:

A: What kind of phone are you going to buy?
B: I don't know yet, but I want something with all the bells and whistles.
A: Doesn't the extra stuff just add to the cost?
B: Maybe, but I love new technology. It's fun.

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Mark McCracken

Author: Mark McCracken is a corporate trainer and author living in Higashi Osaka, Japan. He is the author of thousands of online articles as well as the Business English textbook, "25 Business Skills in English".

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