big enchilada


noun Slang.

someone regarded as the most important, influential, or dominant person in an organization: The police are hoping to catch the syndicate's big enchilada in the next raid.

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Sometimes top enchilada .

Origin of big enchilada

First recorded in 1970–75; on the pattern of such expressions as big cheese, big wheel, etc.
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Idioms and Phrases with big enchilada

big enchilada

see under big cheese.

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