whole enchilada

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English[edit]

Noun[edit]

whole enchilada (plural whole enchiladas)

  1. All of something or a group of related things taken in totality.
    • 1984: William Diehl, Hooligans
      They need a fall guy for the whole enchilada.
    • 2001: Jane Heller, Name Dropping: What If Two Very Different Women Had the Same Exact Name?
      "I want the wife, the kids, the house, the dog, the whole enchilada," he said in his rapid-fire way of talking.
    • 2002: Whil Hentzen, The Software Developer's Guide
      Your job as a software developer is not to simply slam out code, but to deliver the whole enchilada.
    • 2004: Rick Farren, The Secret of the Lighthouse
      It is only by loving all of ourselves (the whole enchilada!) that unconditional love of self is possible.

See also[edit]

  • for a list of other "whole ___" terms that mean "everything / the whole thing", see the whole nine yards