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the whole enchilada

slang Every part of a multifaceted thing or situation taken together as a whole; the whole thing. Building up an entertainment system from scratch sounds good, but buying the whole enchilada in one shot is much more convenient. 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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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 Charles Morgan, the "company leader"--that's Acxiom-speak for CEO--told employees that ValueAct's offer to pay at least $23 for every outstanding share "does not mean Acxiom is for sale."
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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.
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