big enchilada

big enchilada

noun
enchilada ( def 2 ).

Origin:
1970–75; on the pattern of such expressions as big cheese, big wheel, etc.

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big enchilada definition

[...ɛntʃəˈlɑdə]
  1. n.
    the boss; the leader. (See also big cheese.) : The big enchilada has sent word that it's safe to return.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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big enchilada

see under big cheese.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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