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change hands

Definition of change hands in English:

1(Of a business or building) pass to a different owner.
Example sentences
  • May I point out that none of the houses overlooking the cricket pitch has changed hands since the buildings were completed.
  • The woodland has changed hands and the new owner is planning to fence it off, thereby denying me access to my club.
  • Speculation behind the identity of the buyers had been rife following a flurry of deals last week that saw ownership of the building change hands twice in a matter of hours.
1.1(Of money or a marketable commodity) pass to another person during a business transaction: no money has changed hands
More example sentences
  • And a lot of that money changes hands online through credit cards with banks handling those transactions.
  • And many crooks prefer dealing with the big places, where the sheer volume of money changing hands covers their tracks.
  • So if no product or service exists, and only money is changing hands, head for the door.
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