trust·​bust·​er | \ˈtrəs(t)-ˌbə-stər \

Definition of trustbuster 

: one who seeks to break up business trusts specifically : a federal official who prosecutes trusts under the antitrust laws

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trust-busting \ˈtrəs(t)-​ˌbə-​stiŋ \ noun

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One hope for agency groups is that trustbusters force open the tech giants’ walled gardens. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "Madison Avenue’s Unequal Fight With Google," 6 Nov. 2018 This week Gazprom is expected to settle a long-standing dispute with European trustbusters, who have accused it of hindering the free flow of its gas in eight central and Eastern European countries and of charging customers too much. The Economist, "Gazprom is enjoying a sales boom in Europe," 23 May 2018 The lack of a simple solution deprives politicians of easy slogans, but does not leave trustbusters impotent. The Economist, "How to tame the tech titans?," 18 Jan. 2018 America’s trustbusters have given tech giants the benefit of the doubt. The Economist, "How to tame the tech titans?," 18 Jan. 2018 And Qualcomm has paid, on average, nearly $1bn a year in fines to trustbusters since 2015. The Economist, "The world’s largest-ever tech deal now depends on Qualcomm," 17 Feb. 2018 Large fines are becoming something of a habit for Qualcomm, which will have paid out nearly $1bn a year, on average, to trustbusters the world over since 2015. The Economist, "A fine habitQualcomm is fined for anti-competitive practices—again," 25 Jan. 2018 Second, trustbusters need to think afresh about how tech markets work. The Economist, "How to tame the tech titans?," 18 Jan. 2018 All too often regulators and trustbusters come to see the world as big business sees it, to society’s cost. The Economist, "Big Tech’s nemesisIs Margrethe Vestager championing consumers or her political career?," 14 Sep. 2017

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1893, in the meaning defined above

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trust·​bust·​er | \ˈtrəst-ˌbəs-tər \

Legal Definition of trustbuster 

: one and especially a federal officer who seeks to break up trusts by prosecution under the antitrust laws

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trust-busting \-​tiŋ \ noun

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