the whole enchilada

the whole enchilada

Every part of a multifaceted thing or situation taken together as a whole. Building your own computer can give you incredibly powerful, personally tailored machines, but it can take a lot of time and money to get together all the various parts you'll need. Most consumers prefer to just buy the whole enchilada for a fixed, reasonable price. If you sign up today, you can get the whole enchilada for just $2,000.
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whole enchilada

Inf. the whole thing; everything. (From Spanish.) Nobody, but nobody, ever gets the whole enchilada. Richard wants the whole enchilada.
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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.
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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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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.
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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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If you care about the Constitution and Bill of Rights, if you care about free speech and religious liberty and the Second Amendment, then this election - putting a Republican in the White House and keeping a Republican Senate - is the whole enchilada," Cruz said.
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Olvidense de the whole enchilada, esto podria ser the whole chop suey.
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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.
After all, we boomers were told that we could have the whole enchilada, and we still want it.
Remember that a visual aid is just a helper and not the whole enchilada.