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big enchilada

enchilada (def 2).
Origin of big enchilada
1970-75; on the pattern of such expressions as big cheese, big wheel, etc. Unabridged
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big enchilada

noun phrase

The chief; the head person; boss: The Big Enchilada is tied up with the Chief Honcho at the moment, but the Little Enchilada can see you now (1970s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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big enchilada

see under big cheese
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