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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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Around 400 bales changed hands between mill to mill at Rs 6,800 per maund and 200 bales of Shahdadpur in old crop were matured at Rs 6,700 per maund to Rs 6,800 per maund.
Contracts in old crop for 1,675 bales in Khanpur changed hands at Rs 6,650 per maund while another deal was negotiated at Rs 6,700 per maund in Rahimyar Khan, KCA trader, Shakeel Ahmad said.
KARACHI, June 23 -- Majority of buyers remained busy in price war while future contracts changed hands for the new crop amid strong physical prices and firm spot rate, traders at the Karachi Cotton Association (KCA) said Tuesday.
dollar changed hands in the lower 90 yen range early Tuesday in Tokyo, almost unchanged from its late Monday quotes in New York.
In addition, roughly 76% of the volume changed hands on the call side.
In addition, 80% of the volume changed hands on the call side.
dollar changed hands at around 123 yen early Monday morning in Tokyo, following New York where it hit the 123 yen level Friday for the first time since May 1999.
In addition, roughly 68% of the volume changed hands on the call side.
Furthermore, roughly 59% of the volume changed hands on the call side.
What's more, 58% of the volume changed hands on the put side.
In addition, approximately 82% of the volume changed hands on the call side.