the whole enchilada

whole enchilada

Inf. the whole thing; everything. (From Spanish.) Nobody, but nobody, ever gets the whole enchilada. Richard wants the whole enchilada.
See also: enchilada, whole

the whole enchilada

AMERICAN, INFORMAL
If you describe something as the whole enchilada, you mean that it is as complete or extreme as possible. We should bomb them, send in the Marines — the whole enchilada. Consumers who want this software can download the whole enchilada from their website. Note: The usual British expression is the whole caboodle.
See also: enchilada, whole

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.
See also: enchilada, whole

the whole enchiˈlada

(American English, informal) the whole situation; everything: We had a great time on vacation, and it only cost us $500 for the whole enchilada.
An enchilada is a Mexican dish with meat and a spicy sauce.
See also: enchilada, whole

the whole enchilada

(...ɛntʃəˈlɑdə)
n. the whole thing; everything. (From Spanish.) Pete wants the whole enchilada.
See also: enchilada, whole

whole enchilada

The entirety of something; everything.
See also: enchilada, whole
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Contradicting the famous proverb: "cold hands, warm heart," the Lebanese enjoy both warm hands and warm hearts (commonly worn on sleeves) -- the whole enchilada and yet another reason so many of our ancestors emigrated to and integrated in Mexico.
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It's a good step, but it's not the whole enchilada.
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He also isn't likely to be interested unless the whole enchilada -- Dodgers, Dodger Stadium, parking revenues, and land around the ballpark -- are in the mix.
The number of issues involved not in just reprogramming the cell, but in producing ultimately what they have to do to produce synthetic life--you have to produce the whole enchilada.
Remember that a visual aid is just a helper and not the whole enchilada.
McCoist is supposedly being groomed by Walter Smith to inherit the whole enchilada.
As for his own political leanings, the 59-year-old Teller says, "Liberty is the whole enchilada.
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