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WORD ORIGIN

1957, from no + frills. The expression no thrills meaning "without extra flourishes or ornamentation" is in use from 1870s; the original notion probably is of plain clothing.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR NO FRILLS

nuts and bolts

nounbasic parts
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