I have to jump through all those bells and whistles

It’s hard to keep track these days of all those bells, hoops, whistles, and hurdles.  This was heard in a conversation.  It is a mash up of “jumping through hoops” (having to do extra things in order to do something you want) and “bells and whistles” (fancy add-ons or gadgets).  Both phrases refer to “extra things” which I think is the cause of the conflation. Kudos to Bob Edwards for uttering this one and Susan Edwards for promptly reporting it!


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