the big enchilada


the big enchilada
the big enchilada (N American informal)
A very important person or thing
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Main Entry:enchilada

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informal a person or thing of great importance

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US informal : the most important issue, person, etc.

She's won many awards for her writing in the past, but this one is the big enchilada.

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Main Entry:enchilada

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