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monopoly money

money that seems to have little or no value
Usage notes: Monopoly is the trademark for a game in which you buy property with pretend money
Win or lose this contract, it's all monopoly money to him.
See also: money, monopoly

not have a monopoly on something

if someone does not have a monopoly on something, they are not the only person who has that thing You don't have a monopoly on suffering, you know. Other people have problems too.
See also: have, monopoly, on
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Note too that here the internal propagation in the perfect competition and monopolistic competition without entry treatments is exactly the same.
The NDRC has recently finished investigations into 12 Japanese companies and found monopolistic behaviors in auto parts and bearing prices, the spokesman said, adding that the commission will punish them in accordance with the law.
But Hamas, whether it is in the Mumanaa camp [the axis comprising Iran, Syria and Hezbollah] or not, insists, too, upon its intransigence and monopolistic conduct, not only in terms of clinging to its rocket strategy, albeit intermittently, but also and more importantly in terms of clutching to its administration in Gaza.
He discusses the background of the appointment of the National Council on Compensation Insurance as the state's rating organization as an alternative to the existing monopolistic fund managed by the state's insurance company.
Indeed, the authors find that the racial earnings gap and the residual portion of the gap (discrimination) are both smaller in fiercely competitive industries relative to inefficient, monopolistic industries.
Merchants protected themselves with monopolistic regulations which often were detrimental to craftsmen.
HAL: After two utterly contradictory federal judges' opinions, the bottom line is that Microsoft will not be punished for any of its monopolistic practices.
The ranchers claim the companies violate the Packers and Stockyards Act of 1921 by engaging in monopolistic practices.
And those that are available typically sell for more than they would otherwise, given the state-sanctioned monopolistic structure of alcohol distribution in that state.
in collusion with Canadian-managed-but-American-owned exhibitors, have dominated film distribution and exhibition in this country, and the MPAA has actively worked against the growth of a Canadian film industry in the past either by monopolistic business practices or such policies as the infamous Canadian Cooperation Project of 1948.
He said such "a monopolistic human rights curriculum could stifle educational creativity, competition, and innovation, such as we find in public charter schools, parochial schools, and the growing home school movement in the United States.
The law states that if copyright owners have "misused" their right, or been monopolistic, then they can't enforce it.
IHS), have engaged in unlawful monopolistic practices, abused their exclusive possession of federal government records to obtain and preserve a monopoly, and in a separate act of alleged misconduct, infringed LRP's copyrights.