big enchilada

a) A very important person, especially the highest-ranking individual in an organization.

The detectives were trying to identify the big enchilada who controlled the entire criminal network.

b) Some item of high value, especially a top prize or reward.

When the lottery results were announced, he was stunned to learn that the big enchilada was all his.


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  • 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

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  • 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

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