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Whole enchilada

Posted by Bob on October 17, 2003

In Reply to: Whole enchilada posted by Bookworm 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?

Someone in the Nixon administration used this phrase on one of the notorious tapes, and it became popular. I forget who exactly.