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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

to be moved from one owner to another Today a record number of shares changed hands on the stock market. Over two centuries, this beautiful city on the border between the two countries changed hands at least four times.
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change hands

to be sold by someone and bought by another person The hotel has changed hands twice since 1982.
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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

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.