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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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In cash terms more shares changed hands in the five years to the end of 2007 than in the previous 15 years since 1988 put together.
It is clear that the IRS often requires capitalization of an expenditure that would have been deductible had the business not changed hands. Judge Cudahy, in a separate opinion, pointed to the Ninth Circuit Pacific Transportation decision requiring capitalization and said, "Pacific Transportation is on all fours with the present case except that it involves the expense side rather than the income side."
Trading improved slightly as following deals were reported to have changed hands on the ready counter: 1,600 bales, Tando Adam, at Rs8,350 to Rs8,400; 200 bales, Sanghar, at Rs8,300; 600 bales also, Sanghar, at Rs8,300 to Rs8,350; and 400 bales, Burewala, at Rs8,300 to Rs8,350.
Last night spokeswoman Ruth Breslin said: "Obviously if those women were paid for their time -- and I don't know if it just started out that they were paid to strip and then it went further -- but if money has changed hands for sex, it is potentially breaking the law.
The latest Land Registry data for August revealed 130 Tallants Road in Bell Green changed hands for PS55,000.
Majority of the buyers and sellers were entangled in price war while deals for all grades changed hands on competitive prices in Sindh and Punjab stations at around Rs 6,550 per maund to Rs 6,975 per maund while production of the lint in the ginneries of Sindh and Punjab remained steady at around 20,000 bales, floor brokers said.
More than 5,744 million shares worth RO 2,916 million changed hands through 986 transactions.
dollar changed hands in the upper 81 yen range early Thursday in Tokyo, almost unchanged from its levels overnight in New York.
Contracts for 400 bales of Bahawalpur changed hands at Rs 6,800 per maund, 400 bales of Hasilpur matured at Rs 6,750 per maund and 200 bales of Haroonabad changed hands at Rs 6,800 per maund, KCA trader Shakeel Ahmad said.
THE British School of Motoring (BSM) has changed hands for the second time in less than a year after its bosses yesterday announced a pounds 10m deal to take the wheel.
And virtually all the shops have changed hands. On the right hand side of the road, the Lion Stores has become a travel agents, J S Driver Ltd has become a games shop, David and Margaret Taylor have given way to Kingston, and Jolson and Son is Lifestyle Curtains.
In fact, in its 30-year existence, this is only the third time that One Federal has changed hands," said Maher, executive director at Cushman & Wakefield.
Nuneaton, already assured of a play-off for promotion to National Two at North Walsham, of National Three South, next Saturday, rested seven first-choice players but still won an encounter in which the lead changed hands seven times.
Today, however, a majority of the business' ownership has changed hands.
A total of 43.7mn shares valued at QR209.34mn changed hands across 7,663 transactions with as many as 16.28mn banking equities worth QR122.38mn trade across 2,514 deals.