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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.
See also: money, monopoly
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It would have been interesting to have Freedman extend the already long chapter to include more recent developments, especially to consider the resurrection of the theory of monopolistic competition from the 1970s onwards through the pioneering work of Spence (1976) and Dixit and Stiglitz (1977).
A healthy business environment is the one that nurtures competition and does not succumb to a monopolistic way of life.
Terming as sad the lobbying of incumbent airlines for protection and preferential treatment, Tata tweeted that " such moves were reminiscent of the monopolistic pressures by entities with vested interests who fear competition".
He explained that the aim of this resolution is to attract international companies to the Kingdom, create more jobs for Saudis, and develop their abilities in the field of training and development, stressing that the competition system is intended primarily to promote and encourage fair competition and combating against monopolistic practices disrupting legitimate competition.
The anti- European and anti-American interests are behind these scenarios for alternative corridors for gas and oil on the Balkans, in order to sabotage the official corridor TAP, which made Europe independent from the monopolistic Russian threats.
"The three pro-devolution parties in Wales: Welsh Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats, and Plaid Cymru, could - possibly could - provide a fresh, effective alternative to the monopolistic hold on the levers of government in Wales by the Labour party."
The purpose of this project is to assess this question in the context of a numerically specified neoclassical growth model modified to include monopolistic competition.
There should be no monopolistic services, monopolistic tariffs.'
The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), responsible for enforcing rules against anti-competitive pricing, said on Wednesday that it had found Fiat SpA's Chrysler in Shanghai and Volkswagen 's Audi in Hubei to be engaging in monopolistic behaviour.
TOKYO, Aug 6 (KUNA) -- China said two separate anti-trust probes into Chrysler and Audi have found that the two multinational carmakers have pursued monopolistic practices and will be punished, state-run Xinhua News Agency reported Wednesday.
An official at the Majlis Al Shura said that the new law would keep pace with the requirements of the times and will curb monopolistic tendencies in Oman.
Strategic cooperation of NATO allies would be strengthened--consequently stability on the European continent wins when monopolistic levers of influence are reduced or eliminated," Neverovi testified.
But Hayek was able to see competition in a monopolistic environment.
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Actress Kajol has been keeping mum about the controversy surrounding her husband Ajay Devgn and Yash Raj Films regarding the monopolistic practices in the film industry, but now she has finally taken her stand.