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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 in this town, 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. (Alluding 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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Restless committed men, whose time was an taken up in getting a living or keeping it; ministers who spoke of God as if they enjoyed a monopoly of the subject, who could not bear all kinds of opinions; doctors, lawyers, uneasy housekeepers who pried into my cupboard and bed when I was out -- how came Mrs.
It is by no means a monopoly of the human race, but shows itself in various ways also among the more highly organized animals.
He found that he had a natural aptitude for the more muscular domestic duties, and his energy in this direction enchanted Nutty, who before his advent had had a monopoly of these tasks.
He had happened upon one of those delightful friendships without any suspicion of sex in them of which the American girl had the monopoly.
It is possible, however, that my favourable impression of him may have been greatly influenced and strengthened, firstly, by his impressing upon his hearers that the true observance of religion was not inconsistent with a cheerful deportment and an exact discharge of the duties of their station, which, indeed, it scrupulously required of them; and secondly, by his cautioning them not to set up any monopoly in Paradise and its mercies.
Hasbro has teamed up with social news and entertainment company BuzzFeed to ask fans to choose which great cities around the world will be featured as property spaces in the new Monopoly Here & Now: World Edition game
22 (SUNA) - The Minister of Commerce Osman Omer Al-Sharif has affirmed that the Competition and Monopoly Prevention Act would enable Sudan to join the World Trade Organization (WTO) as it is a key law for market control and for practicing business in full transparency.
Live treasure hunt through the streets of London launches new Monopoly Empire board game
likewise defined a monopoly as "[t]he exclusive privilege of
The NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate and its Alumni Association will host the annual Evening of Monopoly tonight (Wednesday) at The Morgan Library & Museum from 6:30 to 9:30 p.
Melbourne, Apr 17 ( ANI ): A leading expert in Monopoly says there are a lot of parts to the game's strategy that can help people make money in real life.
Artist Takes MONOPOLY Money for Art, Paints Oscar Winner's Car as Game Piece
MONOPOLY STREETS (WII) I LOVE the whole ethos of Monopoly - it refuses to get left behind and keeps moving with the times and fads as they happen.
The spirit, shape and feel of this unique game is exactly the same as with the original MONOPOLY - except city landmarks and favourites replace the celebrated London MONOPOLY streets such as Trafalgar Square and Mayfair.
MONOPOLY is the bestselling board game in the world.