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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 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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Higley suggests a progressive program for restructuring should include: 1) busting up the existing monopolies, and making transmission wires available to all; 2) forcing the utilities to pay for stranded costs; and 3) developing alternative energy sources, and making sure consumers are informed of how their power is produced-whether it's solar, nuclear, or natural gas.
First, large digital economy firms have been labeled as "monopolies" by the press.
The Big Three automakers, by enjoying the sponsorship of the state, have become extensions of it, and much the same could be said of other bona fide monopolies such as power companies, big banks (especially those that enjoy preferential status as privileged brokers of federal debt within the Federal Reserve System), public schools, and all other businesses operating wholly or partly within the "public sector." Over time, the separation of government and business, taken for granted in laissez-faire early America, has been rejected in favor of modern corporate statism.
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On February 21, Bulgaria's Parliament approved the resignation of PM Boyko Borisov's government amidst unprecedented since 1997 protest rallies against sky-high utility bills, monopolies, stagnation, corruption and wide-spread poverty, which later turned into a civil unrest and political demands.
Such abuse of administrative power is driven by the vested interests of a department or a locality and manifested in local blockades, departmental barriers, sector monopolies and collaboration between the bureaucracy and businesses.
* Monopolies everywhere lead to curbs on production to achieve higher-than-competitive prices.
TWO wins, one loss: that's the score for the Ladbrokes legal team in Scandinavia over the past fortnight, as they continue to battle against European state betting monopolies, writes Howard Wright.
VILNIUS -- Lithuania's new President Dalia Grybauskaite says that not only does the state have to ensure the support of the State Social Insurance Fund SoDra, but it also needs to control monopolies and intervene into the regulation of prices, reports news agency ELTA.
(They gave the creator of The Landlord's Game $500 cash and a three-game contract.) In the 1970s, Parker Brothers tried to stop the marketing of the game Anti-Monopoly, which had been created by economist Ralph Anspach as a way of educating consumers about "the wrongs of real-life monopolies." Parker Brothers claimed Anti-Monopoly, which was typically sold next to the more established game, diluted its trademark and confused people.
* Production, distribution, and consumption: Why legal standards were set for monopolies, food production, and other big business.
But it did so by omitting competition policy, a vital factor in combating both domestic monopolies and international price cartels.
Unfortunately, government organizations and consumers in Japan have lowered their guard against monopolies with the rapid spread of ADSL and the success of companies such as Softbank.
As President, Roosevelt pursued a pioneering agenda of environmental conservation and of breaking up the trusts, or corporate monopolies, in such industries as oil, railroads, and tobacco (for which he had earned the nickname "trustbuster").
Other EU countries including Sweden and Finland also have state-run monopolies on betting and gaming, reported the Danish news agency Ritzau.