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change hands

To be acquired or bought by another person or group. The company has changed hands several times but is still on the verge of bankruptcy. The famous painting has changed hands only once since it was first sold.
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change hands

[for something] to be sold or passed from owner to owner. (From the "point of view" of the object that is passed on.) How many times has this lot changed hands in the last ten years? We built this house in 1970, and it has never changed hands.
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change hands

Pass from one owner to another. For example, This house seems to change hands every other year, or The contract is valid only when money changes hands. [Second half of 1600s]
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change hands

COMMON If something changes hands, one person or organization gets it from another, usually by buying it. A bottle of this wine cost around £2 in 1962. Today, the same bottle would change hands for anything up to four hundred pounds. The property has changed hands several times recently. Note: When something is sold for a particular amount of money, you say that amount of money changes hands. Record sums of money changed hands at Christie's in New York, where a portrait by Vincent Van Gogh has been sold for more than eighty million dollars.
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change hands

1 (of a business or building) pass to a different owner. 2 (of money or a marketable commodity) pass to another person in the course of a business transaction.
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change ˈhands

pass to a different owner: The house has changed hands several times.
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change hands

To pass from one owner to another.
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The option had two blocks of 50,000 contracts change hands at $5.
The most popular call is the April 16 strike, with some 19,000 contracts trading, while the most popular put, also the April 16 strike, has seen nearly 12,000 contracts change hands.
More specifically, IDCC saw about 10,400 calls change hands yesterday, more than quadrupling its average daily volume of fewer than 2,600 contracts.
CINCINNATI -- Bullish bets on Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) are lighting up the options arena today, as the financial issue has seen more than 50,000 calls change hands.
So far today, the equity has seen roughly 10,000 puts change hands - more than tripling its average intraday volume of fewer than 2,850 contracts.
In late morning trading, GE's February 12 call has already seen roughly 36,500 contracts change hands on open interest of only 26,055.