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more/bigger/greater than the sum of its parts

Describes something made up of a large collection of things or people in which the total unit is more important, impressive, successful, etc., than its components are individually. America is certainly bigger than the sum of its parts. The global social networking site, so intrinsically connected to and supported by users, is certainly more than just the sum of its parts.
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With the right message and campaign the CHP-HDP union could be far bigger than the sum of its parts.
We will run a series of events and we will work with other events providers as well to make sure we connect up and create an offer that is bigger than the sum of its parts," Mr Dunbar said.
FLORIDA hard-rockers Alter Bridge are a perfect example of a musical collective that manages to be bigger than the sum of its parts.
Relatives, friends and colleagues in other parts of these islands believe the UK is something that is bigger than the sum of its parts.
Proving that Aerosmith is not bigger than the sum of its parts, Whitford's bluesy guitar licks took center stage for a "sweet sassafrassy" version of "Last Child" and Kramer delivered a Louisville Slugger of a drum solo.
The alliance is much bigger than the sum of its parts.
According to frontman and harmonica slinger John Popper, "We're still trying to cultivate what we're individually good at into something that's bigger than the sum of its parts.
concertina, mandola, banjo and penny whistle ensures the whole is bigger than the sum of its parts.
A simple idea - the floating roof, all-embracing over the fluid plan below it - creates a strong architectural presence that you sense is bigger than the sum of its parts.
Baseball, more than any other game" links generations, joins eras, develops neighborhood friendships, and translates into something bigger than the sum of its parts.
With Zoic's participation, the show is bigger than the sum of its parts.
This is further testament that our employees, investors and partners are building something bigger than the sum of its parts.
We need to reassert our faith in theatre as a quintessentially collaborative art form, an ensemble where the whole can be so much bigger than the sum of its parts.
This collaboration will generate something bigger than the sum of its parts.