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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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zero-sum game

A situation, process, competition, or outcome in which the winner's gain is exactly equal to the loser's loss. Poker is a zero-sum game because the amount of money won by one player is equivalent to the amount lost by the other players.
See also: game

in sum

As a final brief, concluding point. In sum, if we do not address this issue now, it will become insurmountable in a few years' time.
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sum (something) up

To give a brief but accurate summary, description, assessment, or representation of something. I can sum up the project in just three words: "Waste of time." I feel like the book sums up everything I've been feeling since we moved.
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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.
See also: big, greater, more, of, part, sum

sum and substance

a summary; the gist. Can you quickly tell me the sum and substance of your proposal? In trying to explain the sum and substance of the essay, Thomas failed to mention the middle name of the hero.
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sum (something) up

to give a summary of something. I would like to sum this lecture up by listing the main points I have covered. It is time for me to sum up. She summed up the president's speech in three sentences.
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sum and substance

The essence or gist of something, as in The sum and substance of their platform is financial conservatism. This redundant expression-both sum and substance here mean "essence"-has probably survived owing to alliteration. Shakespeare used it in The Two Gentlemen of Verona (4:1): "My riches are these poor habiliments [clothes], Of which if you should here disfurnish me, You take the sum and substance that I have."
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sum total

The entirety, everything, as in I spent all day in the kitchen and the sum total of my efforts is this cake. [Mid-1600s]
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sum up

Present the substance of, summarize, as in They always sum up the important news in a couple of minutes, or That expletive sums up my feelings about the matter. [Early 1600s]
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a zero-sum game

JOURNALISM
If a situation is a zero-sum game, the advantage that one person gains from it must have an equal disadvantage for someone else. The idea that foreign investment is a zero-sum game — that one country's gain is another's loss — is mistaken. Note: Other nouns are sometimes used instead of game. According to Reed, employee benefits are a zero-sum gain. If costs for one benefit rise, it's often at the expense of another, such as paid vacation and health insurance. Note: A zero-sum game is one in which the winnings and losses of all the players add up to zero.
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be greater/more than the ˌsum of its ˈparts

be better or more effective as a group than you would think just by looking at the individual members of the group: After their victory, the captain was full of praise for his team, saying that it was a classic case of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts.
See also: greater, more, of, part, sum

in ˈsum

(formal) used to introduce a short statement of the main points of a discussion, speech, etc: In sum, there are significant gaps in technological development across countries.
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sum up

v.
1. To present the substance of something in a condensed form; summarize something: At the end of the radio program, they sum up the day's news. Here's what I learned—I'll sum it up for you. At the end of the lecture, the professor summed up.
2. To describe or assess something concisely: This poem sums up my feelings perfectly.
3. To add some set of numbers together: The teacher challenged the students to sum up the numbers from 1 to 100 as fast as possible. I wrote down all of our expenses for the week and summed them up.
4. To calculate something, especially by addition: We need to sum up our total costs for this trip. I'm sure this answer is correct—I summed it up myself.
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Fully laden VLCCs transiting toward the Suez Canal also use the Sumed Pipeline for lightering.
Product flows through the Sumed experienced a much steeper drop to1.
There is a study being conducted on the matter as there is an increase in crude oil flows from the Mediterranean to the Far East,' the Sumed source said.
Sumed is headquartered in new premises in Hadfield, Derbyshire and is a privately held leading manufacturer and distributor of a wide range of medical products for the maintenance of healthy skin.
According to Mahmoud Montasser, vice president of the NBE, the signing of this contract with SUMED comes within the framework of the extended strategic relationship between the bank and the petroleum sector, which has resulted in financing many projects.
The storage contract with SUMED aims at streamlining crude oil exports to Europe across the Mediterranean, Al-Mudhaf told KUNAon Wednesday.
SUMED carries Arab Gulf crude oils to refining centres in the West.
He pointed out that a kilometre long pipeline is under construction to link the 120 km transmission line between Western Desert's Hamra oil field and the port in Alexandria with the SUMED repositories.
4m b/d Sumed system in Egypt consisting of a pipeline from Ain Sukhna in the Gulf of Suez to the Sidi Kerir terminal on the Mediterranean.
Sumed, 320 km consisting of two parallel 42-inch lines, carries Arab Gulf crudes from Suez to the Mediterranean, where its Mediterranean terminal at Sidi Kerir has become a key factor in spot trading.
Although oil transport through the Suez Canal and the neighbouring Sumed pipeline is not expected to be hampered, given that these are under military protection, the risk premium is nonetheless likely to rise following the latest events," Commerzbank analysts said in a note to clients.
But it competes with the SCA in attracting Sumed users among tankers which can sail fully loaded through the canal.
Employees at the Sumed Arab Petroleum Pipeline Factory in Ain Al-Sokhna, located in Suez Governate, blocked access to the company on Monday through a sit-in held outside.
A striking worker at the Sumed Arab Petroleum Pipeline Factory set himself on fire Monday afternoon after writing his will.
West-bound spot sales out of Sidi Kerir, Sumed pipeline's Mediterranean terminal near Alexandria, have fallen to 30,000 b/d, a level maintained since April 1999 (down from 100,000 b/d in mid-1997), due to competition by Russia's Urals and Iraqi crude oils on the Mediterranean spot market.