the big enchilada

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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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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Yet there is no doubt that Spotify is the Big Enchilada, Numero Uno in music streaming and a 40 per cent discount to a $20 billion post flotation value will only emerge when the Valley grizzlies finally emerge from hibernation, as they surely will.
I think the big enchilada here is the conspiracy to break into the Democratic National Committee in violation of the federal computer crime law and to use those emails to help Donald Trump get elected," the Hill reported Ackerman, as saying on MSNBC.
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The West will be around and it will remain the big enchilada for a lot more time - if only because it can project and use power in a way that the emerging economies can't.
I'm going for the big enchilada this time," said Grant, a Navy veteran.
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The big enchilada, however, was the gubernatorial bid, as Koch believed he wouldn't stand a chance without the county leaders.
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