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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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It takes into account magnetic fields, bodies of water, mountains and hills, rocks, metals, wind, fire and flora - the whole enchilada.
I think a deal on the whole enchilada can still be worked out,'' Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuez told The Sacramento Bee on Thursday.
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You can go for the whole enchilada or take one bite of it," Smith said.
It just remains to be seen whether we won the whole enchilada or not.