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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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They're playing in the fantastic Oh Yeah Centre, a venue though reasonably small, that is more than the sum of its parts. Many great bands have played there, mainly on a steep upward trajectory.
"That's always the case, a successful team will always be better than the sum of its parts. And, right now, Middlesbrough are not better than the sum of the parts.
BULLETPROOF MONK 5* 9PM Seann William Scott is a gifted comic actor and Chow Yun-Fat is a superb action star, but their collaboration here is sadly less than the sum of its parts. They team up to protect a magical scroll from the bad guys.
Sources revealed that it seems that the band is taking longer to finish an album, but the great thing is that the whole of a record is always better than the sum of its parts.
Unity is reported to take the myriad of usually discrete signals and control devices and merge them into a coherent unified system far greater than the sum of its parts. Byworth says for a view of what Unity can do visit the company on stand P232
Literally, it refers to something being greater than the sum of its parts, in which case there's really no better example than 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.
Nicolas Sarkozy has proved that EU governments can act collectively and that the institution is still greater than the sum of its parts, said The Guardian in an editorial yesterday.
The integration of these two techniques goes beyond simply combining them--it creates a visualization and analysis system that is greater than the sum of its parts. The platform can support multiple lasers and provide a full optical path optimization.
"GEIA's market forecasting reports and standards programs will combine with ITAA's public policy advocacy and other programs to create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts."
They have understood that success is a shared goal--that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Tipton cites, in particular, the 2004 O zlozony O composite at the Paris Opera (cover story, April 2005), a work that, she says, "added up to much more than the sum of its parts." For her part, Brown says, "What is alchemy?
REACHING A CONSENSUS As with the pheromone model of ant foraging, the positive feedback built into the alignment-zone model helps explain how an animal swarm achieves behavior that is more than the sum of its parts. In the Feb.
This is a faulty assumption, Martin says, because the meaning of a compound word is usually more than the sum of its parts. He gives as an example the word "understand" and notes that understand does not mean to stand under.
Every so often a book is written or a story is told or a film is made that is more than the sum of its parts. These stories carry within them a meaning that is far deeper and more meaningful than fiction alone can convey.
Synergistic conditions result in situations where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The corollary, negative synergy, exists whenever the reverse is true: the whole is less than the sum of its parts.