big enchilada


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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.
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big enchilada

see under big cheese.
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the big enchilada

a person or thing of great importance. North American informal
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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.
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big enchilada

(...ɛntʃəˈlɑdə)
n. the boss; the leader. (see also big cheese.) The big enchilada has sent word that it’s safe to return.
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So the big enchilada question has been, "How do you identify, recruit and groom the next generation of leaders to continue the legacy of the disability rights movement, now that the 'Formica and chrome kitchen table has been relegated to the shabby chic outlets?
Just when I'd fall asleep thinking about being a game away from playing in January for the big enchilada, the Ghost of Duck Failures Past would waddle into my dream: "This is Oregon," he'd quack.
This year, in the Big Enchilada, they are expected to cough up three or four times that amount.
Americans assume it is terribly painful to have once been a big enchilada and now be a mere taquito.
So, ODOT may figure if it can't provide the big enchilada, it can at least give the cities some sauce with freshly made freeway signs.