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have a monopoly on (something)

To be the only one who has or possesses something. If that company thinks that they can have a monopoly on telephone service, they're in for a rude awakening!
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Monopoly money

1. A sum of money that has little or no importance to a person. A reference to the paper play money used in the board game Monopoly. He dropped nearly 30 grand on a single watch, but he's so loaded that it's just Monopoly money to him
2. Bills of currency that is printed on bright, multicolored paper. (In contrast to the simple green and white color of American currency.) Even after four years, I could never get used to the Monopoly money they use up in Canada.
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A generous living wage would lead to monopolism as only the larger firms could afford it; a miserly living wage might keep the small workshops in business but ultimately increase the competitive advantage of the large firms.
These interpersonal tensions and obstacles become evident in such class/group behaviors as mutual withdrawal, formations of factions and alliances, clowning, scapegoating and monopolism.
Rowse also rebuts the charge of incipient monopolism with respect to the company's e-communities program.
31] Also, there is room for doubt whether Ropke's frequent denunciations of industrial giantism, of the cult of the colossal and of the super-colossal, in short, of monopolism in all its forms, has earned him many points with another segment of the American public that might logically be expected to support his ideas--the business community.
Like the evils of monopolism and economic waste, left-wing insurgency and right-wing hysteria were "pathological diversions of energy to be brought back to their normal channels" in the social order.