whole enchilada


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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.
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whole enchilada

The entirety of something; everything.
See also: enchilada, whole
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These models are: (1) "The Whole Enchilada," the most direct and aggressive approach in which the federal government creates and enforces national standards and assessments, replacing the current 50 state-level sets of standards and tests; (2) "If You Build It, They Will Come," a voluntary version of the first model--The government would develop national standards, tests and accountability metrics, and provide incentives to states to opt into such a system.
To read both volumes you'd have to be at it from arsehole to breakfast time [all the time], but of course no one would want to try and swallow the whole enchilada because it'd give you baboon butt [sore buttocks from motorcycle riding], eyes like piss-holes in the snow, and send you across the bridge to Dartmouth or East Ham [mental institutions].
But they did provide a Lakers fan's dream, a for-real press pass for the Lakers-Celtics game, an all-access pass to everything Lakers: locker room access, Phil Jackson press conferences - the whole enchilada.
Esto no solo sucede en el habla popular: hace algunos meses, el anterior secretario de Relaciones Exteriores exigia un tratado completo para los trabajadores mexicanos en Estados Unidos que contuviera The whole enchilada (Toda la enchilada).
Then a San Francisco investment firm that already owns 10 percent of the company's stock said it would make good on an earlier threat to try to buy the whole enchilada.
And think about, in your wildest dreams, the odds you could have received if you had bet, on the morning after the Yankees won their third game, that the Sox would win eight straight games to take both the league championship and the whole enchilada that Major League Baseball humbly calls the World Series.
Techniques for using lures have been the subject of many articles and books, so I won't go into detail except to reiterate two basic rules: Since no lure will work all the time on all deer, lures should be just part of your technique--not the whole enchilada.
Thanks for running my story ("The Whole Enchilada," Living Well, February 2002) and for including my e-dress.
Hardly surprising that the whole enchilada went front appendages up.
Given all the hours one spends at work, it makes good sense to enjoy the work, the colleagues, the whole enchilada.
Looks like you're going for the whole enchilada, right?
We're talking about pulling back and anchoring the whole enchilada with longbow or recurve.
Last Cinco de Mayo, though, Mexican supermarket chain Grupo Gigante went for the whole enchilada, opening its first store outside of Mexico.
We've bitten off the whole enchilada," says Murphy.
For 1990, the whole enchilada was in salary, as opposed to a Chemical or a Chase, where they had substantial grants of both stock options and restricted stock for their CEOs.