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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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REACHING A CONSENSUS As with the pheromone model of ant foraging, the positive feedback built into the alignment-zone model helps explain how an animal swarm achieves behavior that is more than the sum of its parts.
Menos El Oso is the sum of its parts, uniting five very talented players and strong personalities into one exciting forward moving sound that is wholly unique to the Bear.
However, the whole is much less than the sum of its parts in this case as the spots lack passion, direction, and conviction.
Nor is it clear whether effects are additive, synergistic, or antagonistic--that is, whether there is interaction between constituent chemicals, whether their cumulative influence is more than the sum of its parts, or whether they cancel each other out.
Fee Real Estate and Burbank Whittemore is a prime example of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts," stated George M.
As Mitroff defines it, crisis management is more than the sum of its parts, which include risk management, business continuity planning and crisis communications.
The words are direct expressions of feeling, but despite the respect with which Thaubeger treats her theme, the work is somehow less than the sum of its parts.
People are what make us strong, and this combination of talent will add up to much more than the sum of its parts.
But the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Combining radio with the Web results in a whole much greater than the sum of its parts.
Elwall has put together a marvellous collection of which the whole is considerably more than the sum of its parts.
But there will also be some sadness leaving behind, for instance, the oak-paneled boardroom whose gracious atmosphere has hosted many a meeting and many a celebration, where the diocesan crests on the wall remind that the church truly is the sum of its parts.
The problem for Craig lies not in his fascinating local studies, but in the need to make the whole greater than the sum of its parts.
Google and its siblings are creating a whole that is much greater than the sum of its parts," Jonathan Zittrain, director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School, told the New York Times.
To an extent, the state is a true totality, a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.