Being greater than the sum of its parts - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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be more/bigger/greater than the sum of its parts
To be 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 greater 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.
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.
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"The whole being greater than the sum of its parts
really rings true with their side and this promises to be one tough encounter for us.