the big enchilada

Definition of the big enchilada

US, informal

  1. :  the most important issue, person, etc. She's won many awards for her writing in the past, but this one is the big enchilada.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  of great strength

    :  of great force

    :  large or great in dimensions, bulk, or extent

  1. :  in a loud or declamatory manner

    :  in a boasting manner

    :  to a large amount or extent

  1. :  an individual or organization of outstanding importance or power

    :  major league

    :  a big player :  a center or forward whose large size and strength are used to control play near the basket

  1. :  a usually corn tortilla rolled around a savory mixture, covered with chili sauce, and usually baked

    :  schmear, ball of wax

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a trip made at another's expense

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