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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.
See also: big, greater, more, of, part, sum
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John Leonard plays just about everything with strings, while the rhythm section of Alex Smith and John Alexander bring the power and energy, you have a whole greater than the sum of its parts.
When you act in such a coalition, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and could also be applied to scenarios such as major fires or boats sinking.
It's up to us to attract the very best people to create a team that's greater than the sum of its parts.
What we actually do in coming together is combine to make something greater than the sum of its parts and it is something unique and inspiring.
Complementing the thin black screen is the new elegantly crafted black front cover and sound centre, stressing that the TV is greater than the sum of its parts and designed to integrate exquisitely with your lifestyle.
The whole needs to be greater than the sum of its parts. To us, recognition in three Gartner Magic Quadrant reports is great, but seeing our customers use our technology--from Webex to Jabber to contact center--to make magic happen every day is what fuels us to keep pushing the envelope."
Researchers at the University of Edinburgh set out to examine whether care from two parents is greater than the sum of its parts, or if a conflict between parents over their shared workload has a negative impact on their young.
Bearing the hallmarks of science fiction but written with the thoughtful intensity of a literary novel, The Bottom of the Sky aspires to something greater than the sum of its parts, and largely succeeds.
After consulting extensive scientific research, the individual quantities of the ingredients were all meticulously balanced to craft a nootropic stack with benefits greater than the sum of its parts. BrainExcell's[TM] SLEEP supplement is intended to open its users up to better, more restful sleep whilst unlocking greater wakefulness and focus the following day.
"Strategic relationships must go beyond investments to create a whole greater than the sum of its parts," adds Yeung.
The total has always got to be greater than the sum of its parts.
Alan Laing, EVP, Partnerships and Alliances, said: "In partnership the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. At Sage we delight in supporting our accounting partners from around the globe to transform and grow their practices.
As with the Lions badge though there seemed a great opportunity on this international stage to create an identity that built on the respective assets of various regional local authorities - something greater than the sum of its parts. Something akin to the Lions badge.
All in all, the store represents a solid first step toward creating an omnichannel experience that is greater than the sum of its parts.
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