the big enchilada

the big enchilada

a person or thing of great importance - North American informal


the whole enchilada

the whole situation

everything - North American informal

1992 - New York Times - High-tech gadgetry is best viewed as the spice, but not the whole enchilada.

An enchilada is an American Spanish word for a tortilla served with chilli sauce and a filling of meat or cheese.

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