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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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Written and directed by little-known Theodore Melfi, the actors' chemistry creates a film greater than the sum of its parts - just like the best age-difference films from Whistle Down The Wind to A Perfect World and this year's TS Spivet.
Thus, the book explores a collection of largely unheard stories spanning much of Missouri history accessible for the first time in one place, allowing each article to be read in the context of the others, and creating a whole that is much greater than the sum of its parts.
Each is an accomplished composer and performer in his or her own right, but as a powerhouse trio, Robbi, Scott and Steve embody the concept of synergy--the whole truly is greater than the sum of its parts.
Literally, it refers to something being greater than the sum of its parts, in which case there's really no better example than 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.
In order to be effective and be a political and economic entity that is greater than the sum of its parts, a Gulf union needs clear objectives and a programme of action that has the support of all its potential members.
In football, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
but we do know that the total will be greater than the sum of its parts.
Summary: Dubai's mega projects create their own forward momentum, as component assets become integrated to provide an investment value that is greater than the sum of its parts, says a Dubai Sports City spokesperson.
Nicolas Sarkozy has proved that EU governments can act collectively and that the institution is still greater than the sum of its parts, said The Guardian in an editorial yesterday.
We must reach out to society, to other disciplines and sectors, and across geographic borders to create a global knowledge and skills pool that is greater than the sum of its parts.
GEIA's market forecasting reports and standards programs will combine with ITAA's public policy advocacy and other programs to create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.
They have understood that success is a shared goal--that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Fee Real Estate and Burbank Whittemore is a prime example of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts," stated George M.
Combining radio with the Web results in a whole much greater than the sum of its parts.
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