big enchilada definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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or Big Enchiladanoun Slang
- One who is in charge: “[the President's] big enchilada on both foreign and domestic policy” (Mary McGrory).
- Something of the highest value or importance: “[The team] won the big enchilada in 1980 and 1982” (Scott Ostler).
Origin: On the model of such expressions as big cheese.
big enchilada - Phrases/Idioms
see under big cheese.