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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

change hands

To pass from one owner to another.
See also: change, hand
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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On Thursday, the euro was seen changing hands at Rs140.75 and Rs143.50.
The group warned that without an end to the current mortgage drought, the number of properties changing hands would remain depressed.
"Our analysis suggests that cars are changing hands much sooner after purchase than first thought, " said an HPI spokesman.
The rupee closed the week on a positive note against the dollar which was seen changing hands at Rs121.49 and Rs121.51 on Friday.
Meanwhile, May 4th 175 puts are most active in Apple with 35.9K contracts changing hands. May 4th 175 calls, May 170 puts, and may 4th 177.5 calls are next most active.
Overall, the chemical sector dominated trading with 27.93m shares traded, while banking and communication sectors followed with 17.22m and 13.41m shares changing hands.
The euro appreciated against rupee, as it initiated the day's trading at Rs 101.94 for buying, incurred gains and was changing hands at Rs 102.97 for buying and at Rs 103.17 for selling.
At that time, trades came to 657 transactions at KD 8 million with about 30.9 million shares changing hands. At 11 a.m., the price index was up still by 36 points to 6,790.3 points and
Trades came to 6,661 transactions worth KD 93 million with some 311 million shares changing hands.
The group warned without an end to the current mortgage drought, the number of properties changing hands would remain depressed.
Sales of seven-figure homes in Britain were 26 per cent lower during the first six months of this year than during the same period of 2004, with 1,508 changing hands, down from 2,033, according to Halifax.
There are too many large parcels surrounding the rail yards that have established uses and these will most likely not be changing hands anytime soon."
And the fourth most sought-after address was Cardiff's Roath East, with 165 or 6pc of its 28,976 homes changing hands.
Meanwhile the Karachi Cotton Association (KCA) is going to official quote new crop rates from July 2, though some deals of the new crop are already changing hands.
Overall, the chemical sector dominated trading with 24.17m shares traded, while communication and vanaspati and allied industries scrips followed with 12.43m and 9.60m shares changing hands.