trust·​bust·​er | \ ˈtrəs(t)-ˌbə-stər How to pronounce trustbuster (audio) \

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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Other Words from trustbuster

trust-busting \ ˈtrəs(t)-​ˌbə-​stiŋ How to pronounce trust-busting (audio) \ noun

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Recent Examples on the Web Mergers were looked upon more kindly by trustbusters. The Economist, "How T. Boone Pickens changed corporate finance in America," 19 Sep. 2019 After years of waving through deals, shareholders and trustbusters are now getting testier again. The Economist, "Investors and regulators fall out of love with colossal deals," 6 July 2019 That’s why the Microsoft case is a cautionary tale for today’s trustbusters, too. Jay Greene, Washington Post, "Trustbusters are bypassing the biggest tech company of them all," 28 June 2019 The past two decades have seen one of the greatest waves ever as executives have sought to build corporate giants with market power over consumers, applauded by investors and enabled by trustbusters. The Economist, "Investors and regulators fall out of love with colossal deals," 6 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of trustbuster

1893, in the meaning defined above

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20 Nov 2019

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“Trustbuster.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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trust·​bust·​er | \ ˈtrəst-ˌbəs-tər How to pronounce trustbuster (audio) \

Legal Definition of trustbuster

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

Other Words from trustbuster

trust-busting \ -​tiŋ How to pronounce trust-busting (audio) \ noun

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