big enchilada

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big enchilada (plural big enchiladas)

  1. (idiomatic) A very important person, especially the highest-ranking individual in an organization.
    Synonyms: big man, big cheese, big kahuna, bigwig; see also Thesaurus:important person
    The detectives were trying to identify the big enchilada who controlled the entire criminal network.
  2. (idiomatic) Some item of high value, especially a top prize or reward.
    Synonym: brass ring
    When the lottery results were announced, he was stunned to learn that the big enchilada was all his.