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Whole enchilada

Posted by Bookworm on October 17, 2003

In Reply to: Whole enchilada posted by Stater of the Bleeding Obvious on October 17, 2003

: : What is the origin of this phrase, please?

: It comes from the Mexican dish 'enchilada' and means 'all of it'.

: Troll?

I don't think so. I would agree that it is obvious that the saying came from the Mexican dish. However, I thought that the poster was questioning why the phrase uses that particular dish as opposed to others. Anyone?