greater/better/more than the sum of its parts

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Definition of greater/better/more than the sum of its parts

used to say that something is better or more effective as a team, combination, etc., than would be expected when looking at the different parts that form it The team lacks standout players, but it has proved to be greater than the sum of its parts.

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“Greater/better/more than the sum of its parts.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/greater%2Fbetter%2Fmore%20than%20the%20sum%20of%20its%20parts. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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