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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How to use change hands in a sentence

  • My bag now began to feel very heavy, and I could not change hands to relieve myself.

    A Retrospect | James Hudson Taylor
  • By clearings we mean the value of the cheques which are cleared—that is, which change hands through the clearing-house.