bells and whistles


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Sweetener

An extra incentive to encourage investors to buy a bond or preferred stock. For example, a bond may include a right to buy common stock in the issuer for 10% below its market value. A sweetener is designed to help sell securities. It is also called a kicker, a wrinkle, or bells and whistles.

bells and whistles

Special features that are added to ordinary investments to attract investors' attention. Examples of bells and whistles include put features on bonds and floating dividends on preferred stock. Often the value of the features is more apparent than real. Also called kickers, wrinkles.
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It just won't have all the bells and whistles we originally envisioned.
Though it deals with many of Flight's themes (the homosexual mindset, the old man-young man relationship, the power of the flesh), it does so "straight"--no literary conceits, no artistic bells and whistles here.
Game Boy titles are simple games designed for basic hand-held portables without the bells and whistles and technical quality today's gamers expect.
By providing a cost-effective and integrated way of getting the most out of your network, you can have all the bells and whistles of the more expensive solutions.
But with Friday's sunshine and clear skies, the supervisor decided to forgo the bells and whistles.
Sound effects will be mechanically reproduced using live items like bells and whistles - the same techniques used in movie houses of that era.