as a whole



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Prepositional phraseEdit

as a whole

  1. (idiomatic) Considered all together.
    • 1735, John Kirkby, Arithmetical Institutions: Containing a Compleat System of Arithmetic Natural, Logarithmical, and Algebraical:
      If a Bushel of Wheat be considered as a Whole whose Parts are Eight Gallons, and if Five of those Gallons be assumed, then the remaining Three are the Complement of that Part to the Whole.
    • 1898, J. Beattie Crozier, Civilization and progress[1], page 145:
      And just as it is only the animal organism as a whole that can be regarded as a real entity, the calls of which it is composed having no distinct independent life, so Comte constantly repeats that 'Humanity is the only real existence, the individual being a mere metaphysical abstraction.'
    • 2013 September 28, Kenan Malik, “London Is Special, but Not That Special”, in New York Times[2]:
      Economically, too, London is startlingly different. The capital, unlike the country as a whole, has no budget deficit: London’s public spending matches the taxes paid in the city. The average Londoner contributes 70 percent more to Britain’s national income than people in the rest of the country.