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
The Senate may change hands; Republicans are taking a pass on changing how the Senate goes about its business.
Democratic held seats in energy-rich Alaska, Colorado, Louisiana, Montana and South Dakota may well change hands on Election Day.‘Downton Abbey’ Democrats May Cost their Party the Senate | Lloyd Green | March 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
You play at shopping a while; and in order to keep up the illusion, sham goods do actually change hands.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. XXII (of 25) | Robert Louis Stevenson
Between you and me, they are not going to room at Wayland Hall next year unless the management should change hands.Marjorie Dean College Freshman | Pauline Lester
The table was piled with money, which seemed to change hands rapidly, for the resort was a well-known one among club men.The Missing Tin Box | Arthur M. Winfield