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 itThe 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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/greater/better/more%20than%20the%20sum%20of%20its%20parts. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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