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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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Second, a data monopolist may lack the ability to monitor the quantity of final goods and services produced using the monopolist's data.
This analysis can be used to show that, if the monopolist decides to undertake the project, then the firm's optimal decisions exhibit several intuitive properties.
In health care, insurance puts the monopolist in an even stronger position because consumers do not face, and therefore are not deterred by, monopoly prices.
As the monopolist owner shifts upward the marginal revenue curve, traders that are competing on mining markets, very many on the market, will shift upward the demand curve every moment of time.
We can recognize here the pedagogical exposition of the process of discovery, by the monopolist, of the demand function of the market and the well known conclusion: the monopolist fixes the maximum price he can obtain from the market demand.
Since the supply of factors in each of their uses will necessarily be less than purely elastic, the monopolist may be able to pay the factors he uses at a lower price than the free market price in the absence of entrepreneurs who could otherwise bid them away in this industry up to the free market level.
13) In both the single-product and multiproduct cases, the monopolist can deter a new entrant by locking customers into a requirement/loyalty contract.
Also, if a monopolist can commit itself to potential buyers through contracting, such as best-price provisions, they may wish to sell units (Butz 1990).
He said Gazprom did not intend to become a global gas monopolist, adding: "Gazprom is not going to take over the gas business in Algeria, Qatar or anywhere so as to become a global monopolist".
The structure of the telecommunications industry is characterized by an upstream monopolist who supplies an input essential to the competitive downstream firms that are vertically integrated.
Price discrimination may even seem to be interesting only occasionally because of the list of preconditions that must be met for the monopolist to be able to charge different prices for different units.
Consider the case where the industry is characterized by an upstream monopolist and two downstream firms.
So what exactly is the former monopolist, now run as a normal company, doing to ease the worries of its shareholders, the majority of whom are airlines?
Monopolist funds embody a model popular in the 1910s and 1920s in the United States and are still used today in other countries.
If the importer is a monopolist then that saving will most likely be pocketed by him; if there is competition then the consumers are most likely to benefit.