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big cheese

An important, successful, or influential person. Jacob thinks he's a big cheese now that he's been promoted to assistant manager. I'm the big cheese around here, so you have to do what I say.
See also: big, cheese

big enchilada

1. The most important or powerful person in a group, organization, business, or movement (e.g., the boss, leader, etc.). Primarily heard in US, South Africa. I think it sounds like a great idea, but you'll have to ask the big enchilada first.
2. An object or goal of great value, importance, or consequence. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. We only need to win two more games in the tournament to take home the big enchilada.
See also: big, enchilada

the whole enchilada

slang Every part of a multifaceted thing or situation taken together as a whole; the whole thing. Building up an entertainment system from scratch sounds good, but buying the whole enchilada in one shot is much more convenient. If you sign up today, you can get the whole enchilada for just $2,000.
See also: enchilada, whole
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

big cheese

Also, big shot or gun or wheel or enchilada . An important, powerful person; the boss. For example, She loved being the big cheese of her company; the big guns in Congress are bound to change the President's bill; you'd better not act like a big shot among your old friends; Harry was the big wheel in his class ; and You'll have to get permission from the big enchilada. The first term dates from the late 1800s and its origin is disputed. Some think it comes from the Urdu word chiz or cheez for "thing," but others hold it plays on the English word "chief." Big gun is much older, dating from the early 1800s; big shot became very popular in the late 1920s, particularly when used for underworld leaders of gangsters; big wheel dates from about the same period. Big enchilada, often put as the big enchilada, is the newest, dating from the early 1970s.
See also: big, cheese

big enchilada

see under big cheese.
See also: big, enchilada

whole ball of wax, the

Also, the whole enchilada or shooting match or shebang . Everything, all the elements, the entire affair. For example, The union demanded higher wages, a pension plan, job security-the whole ball of wax, or The contract includes paperback rights, film rights, electronic media-the whole enchilada, or She lost her job, her pension, her health-care coverage, the whole shooting match. Not all the allusions in these slangy terms are clear. Ball of wax may refer to a 17th-century English legal practice whereby land was divided among heirs by covering scraps of paper representing portions of land with wax, rolling each into a ball, and drawing the balls from a hat. An enchilada combines several foods inside a tortilla; a shooting match denotes a shooting competition; and a shebang is a rude hut or shelter. The first two of these slangy terms date from the second half of the 1900s, the last two from the late 1800s. For synonyms, see whole kit and caboodle; whole megillah.
See also: ball, of, whole
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

the big enchilada

a person or thing of great importance. North American informal
See also: big, enchilada

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
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the big enchiˈlada

(American English, informal, humorous) the most important person or thing: New Hampshire is the big enchilada in American politics.
An enchilada is a Mexican dish with meat and a spicy sauce.
See also: big, enchilada

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
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big cheese

n. the boss; the key figure; the leader. Here’s a note from the big cheese telling me to come in for a chat.
See also: big, cheese

big enchilada

(...ɛntʃəˈlɑdə)
n. the boss; the leader. (see also big cheese.) The big enchilada has sent word that it’s safe to return.
See also: big, enchilada

the whole enchilada

(...ɛntʃəˈlɑdə)
n. the whole thing; everything. (From Spanish.) Pete wants the whole enchilada.
See also: enchilada, whole
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

whole enchilada

The entirety of something; everything.
See also: enchilada, whole
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

big cheese

A very important person. The phrase seems to have come from, literally, a very large wheel of cheese. After President Jefferson was given one of Cheshire in 1802, other dairies made and displayed huge wheels for publicity purposes. The cheeses attracted lots of attention, and so it wasn't much of a jump to referring to someone who attracted attention as a “big cheese.” Although some have suggested that “cheese” came from the Hindu word “chiz,” for “thing” that the British heard as “cheese,” no paper trail exists to show that Americans started using the phrase though any transatlantic connection. Similar “big” phrases are more common, such as big deal and big wheel.
See also: big, cheese
Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price
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I like to serve enchiladas with a simple green salad and a bit of crusty bread but the usual accompaniments of soured cream, salsa and guacamole work well too.
The enchiladas are taste sensations, especially the verde (chicken with green salsa topped with lettuce tomato and sour cream), and the rice and beans that accompany most dishes are full of flavor.
Better, try Amy's Light in Sodium Black Bean-Vegetable Enchilada. A pair has just 380 mg of sodium, 320 calories, and 1 gram of sat fat (Amy uses tofu instead of cheese).
Casa de Bandini, Carlsbad: Enchiladas Navidenas, Chipotle Cranberry Chicken, Holiday Turkey Tamales, Pollo en Mole Pipian Verde and Green Chiles and Cheese Tamales, can be paired with a number of specialty beverages, such as Egg Nog Horchata, Holiday Peppermint Patty (nonalcoholic) or Tequila Tottie - all to celebrate the season.
It's the world's largest enchilada which was just created in Mexico City.
Ingredients For the filling: 200g pack Waitrose roast chicken sweet chilli mini fillets 195g can Waitrose sweetcorn crisp and naturally sweet in water, drained 200g grated mature cheddar For the enchilada sauce: 300g pack 8 corn tortillas 2 tsp vegetable oil 1 medium onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, crushed - tsp smoked paprika 680g jar Waitrose organic passata 1 tbsp cocoa powder Method Preheat the oven to 200C, gas mark 6.
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A bit on the thin side but worked well in enchiladas and not too doughy.
ENCHILADAS are made using flour tortillas which you can buy in a supermarket, fill, roll up and bake covered in a sauce in the oven.
Encompassing such breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack items as omelets, pizza, and enchiladas, the items are the only frozen meals to adhere to the latest guidelines set by the Joslin Diabetes Center at Harvard Medical School, according to Sears.