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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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Let us reassure you, When Calls the Heart has always been bigger than the sum of its parts, and it HAS NOT BEEN CANCELED.
Flute and clarinet enter with half-remembered subconscious references to other musics, and the whole effect of this rewarding piece was that it sounded bigger than the sum of its parts.
You take the rough with the smooth, though, with BGT, because the whole is so much bigger than the sum of its parts.
ARTISTS COLLABORATE: This unit introduces the concept of working together to build something bigger than the sum of its parts. Consider discussing and contrasting different ways artists collaborate, from Jeff Koons, who hires people to create his art, to teams like Christo and Jeanne-Claude, who worked together.
With the right message and campaign the CHP-HDP union could be far bigger than the sum of its parts. This union would herald the return of a new CHP to the Kurdish heartlands while it would simultaneously consolidate HDP's identity as a political party that appeals to the whole of the country, not just one ethnic group.
This initiates another major theme in Felony, that of the whole being bigger than the sum of its parts, and the dilemma surrounding what--and who--will be left behind in the pursuit of doing the right thing.
"We will run a series of events and we will work with other events providers as well to make sure we connect up and create an offer that is bigger than the sum of its parts," Mr Dunbar said.
FLORIDA hard-rockers Alter Bridge are a perfect example of a musical collective that manages to be bigger than the sum of its parts.
And, it is here that this book is bigger than the sum of its parts, for Subrahmanyam is not content to offer us a collection of closely read and well-argued case studies.
Relatives, friends and colleagues in other parts of these islands believe the UK is something that is bigger than the sum of its parts. That means we all stand to lose if one walks away.
Proving that Aerosmith is not bigger than the sum of its parts, Whitford's bluesy guitar licks took center stage for a "sweet sassafrassy" version of "Last Child" and Kramer delivered a Louisville Slugger of a drum solo.
''The alliance is much bigger than the sum of its parts. It's more than a series of operational agreements.
Belgian helmer Jaco van Dormael's first English-language film expands on the themes of his debut, "Troto the Hero," and stars a versatile Jared Leto, though this sprawling filmmaking folly never becomes bigger than the sum of its parts. If the pic is marketed like nobody's business (and perhaps slightly tweaked), Euro B.O.
'A simple idea - the floating roof, all-embracing over the fluid plan below it - creates a strong architectural presence that you sense is bigger than the sum of its parts. The roof hovers out in a protective embrace, undulating and wavelike, to welcome us in.'