The detectives were trying to identify the big enchilada who controlled the entire criminal network.
When the lottery results were announced, he was stunned to learn that the big enchilada was all his.
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big enchilada — [...entfa”lada] n. the boss; the leader. (See also big cheese.) □ I anna see the big enchilada! □ The big enchilada has sent word that it’s safe to return … Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions
big enchilada. — See enchilada (def. 2). [1970 75; on the pattern of such expressions as BIG CHEESE, BIG WHEEL, etc.] * * * … Universalium
big enchilada. — See enchilada (def. 2). [1970 75; on the pattern of such expressions as BIG CHEESE, BIG WHEEL, etc.] … Useful english dictionary
big enchilada — n American an important or self important person, the boss. A humorous phrase from the 1970s. An enchilada is a Mexican filled pancake. The term is a later imitation of the pre World War II colloquialisms big cheese/potato … Contemporary slang
big enchilada — noun an important influential person he thinks he s a big shot she s a big deal in local politics the Qaeda commander is a very big fish • Syn: ↑big shot, ↑big gun, ↑big wheel, ↑big cheese, ↑ … Useful english dictionary
big enchilada — Significant person … American business jargon
big enchilada N. Amer. — big enchilada N. Amer. informal a person or thing of great importance. → enchilada … English new terms dictionary
the big enchilada — (N American informal) A very important person or thing • • • Main Entry: ↑enchilada * * * informal a person or thing of great importance * * * the big enchilada US informal : the most important issue, person … Useful english dictionary
the big enchilada — UK US noun [S] US INFORMAL ► the most important or powerful person, group, situation, etc.: »The big enchilada of U.S. trade now is NAFTA … Financial and business terms
(the) big enchilada — the big enchilada mainly american informal phrase the best or most important person Thesaurus: important thing or detailsynonym important and powerful person or peoplesynonym Main entry: enchilada … Useful english dictionary