Definition of the big enchilada in US English:

the big enchilada

phrase

North American
informal
  • A person or thing of great importance.

    • ‘Finally, there is, of course, the big enchilada, the Supreme Court.’
    • ‘In a movie like this, the fights are the big enchilada.’
    • ‘Also potentially up for grabs is the big enchilada, the Treasury Secretary's job.’
    • ‘Not only has the party lost its big enchilada - and chief legislative strategist - but it lacks a strong, legitimate party president.’
    • ‘Twenty-five years after leaving the secretary of state's office in Washington DC, he nurtures his status as the big enchilada of foreign affairs.’
    • ‘And of course the big enchilada is Fitzgerald himself.’
    • ‘Because to the left of the party, it's fiscal policy that is the big enchilada, the issue they always fear they're going to be sold out on.’
    celebrity, famous person, very important person, personality, name, big name, famous name, household name, star, superstar, celebutante, leading light, mogul, giant, great, master, king, guru
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