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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.
See also: sum, up

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."
See also: and, substance, sum

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]
See also: sum, total

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.
See also: game

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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The only element whose atomic number is equal to the sum of the letter values in its symbol is aluminium.
My foodie friends go all the way to Chinatown when hankering for dim sum.
The new tables show that people are living longer, so when the IRS incorporates them, it will increase the cost of lump sums.
Besides, Escudero said, the mentioned lump sums in the 2015 budget were just temporary which could not be used without the submission of an itemized listing to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).
The report reveals that 55 percent of the workers who opted to receive a lump sum distribution from their employer-sponsored 401(k) plan rolled their money directly into a tax-qualified account.
It seems as if the large real dollar numbers of lump sum payouts mesmerize folks heading into retirement.
A challenging scenario for clinicians is when a patient has 1 or more biopsy cores with a high Gleason sum ([greater than or equal to]8), and at least 1 other core reveals a low or intermediate Gleason sum ([less than or equal to]7).
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The defendant had as part of his job to finalise documents certifying that the big sums were deposited in the bank accounts before any transfer to the destination, ordered by the client, was okayed.
Taking a lump sum of pounds 7,500 would reduce his yearly income to pounds 1,366.
Due to the results above, a natural question arises: If there exists an asymptotic formula for higher moment of the sum analogues to character sums over short intervals.
If x + 9 = y, then the final sums of all the digits of x and all the digits of y are equal.
PEOPLE who invest lump sums in the stock market typically get better returns over the long term than those who make regular contributions, research shows.
Chicken dim sums take around six minutes to cook; prawn takes between three and four minutes and mushroom takes three minutes but, as with any recipe, judge by the appearance of your dish.
of Copenhagen) starts from the simple and builds to increasing complexity and sophistication, covering elementary properties, polynomials, linear difference equations, classification of sums, Gosper's algorithm, sums of Type II in various configurations, Zeilberger's algorithm, sums of Type III-IV, sums of Type V and harmonic sums.