be more/bigger/greater than the sum of its parts(redirected from were more than the sum of its parts)
be 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.