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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 industrials sector witnessed a total of 13.34mn shares valued at QR360.05mn change hands across 9,776 deals.
The next cheapest property to change hands in Coventry in August was a flat, 3 Bohun Street, Tile Hill, which was sold for PS67,000.
Peter Cooper Village and Stuyvesant Town, two middle-income housing communities that makeup the third largest residential complex in the city, will change hands for the third time in three years with the appointment of new managing agent, Rose Associates, Inc.
In this transaction, title to the part did not change hands; therefore, the part was not sold to the customer.
The market witnessed a total volume of 51,945 QATR (Masraf Al Rayan sponsored exchange traded fund or ETF) valued at QR1.2mn trade across 84 transactions and as many as 23,888 QETF (Doha Bank sponsored ETF) valued at QR2.35mn change hands across 49 deals this week.
The hotel has had myriad owners, and soon it will change hands again.
The market witnessed a total volume of 12,355 QATR (Masraf Al Rayan-sponsored exchange traded fund or ETF) valued at QR0.27mn trade across 26 transactions and as many as 31,818 QETF (Doha Bank-sponsored ETF) valued at QR2.82mn change hands across 27 deals this week which saw no trading of treasury bills.