for an unnecessarily long
and elaborate story
, more than the listener ever wanted to hear. Most frequent use: the whole megillah
. Sometimes used as a synonym
for the whole enchilada
or the whole nine yards
, although this is generally incorrect.
The word originates from the Hebrew megila, literally meaning scroll (as in a roll of paper or parchment). Mostly used in English to name the Scroll of Esther, a religious document which is read aloud during Purim.
Sometimes spelled as: magillah, megilla, magilla, megila, megile, etc.