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mery smith

Senior Member
Hello, all.
This shop changed hands.
This shop changed a hand.
I mean this shop is owned by another people now.
Which one is correct?
  • Chez

    Senior Member
    English English
    to change hands means to go into the possession of someone else.

    If something is 'in your hands' it is your responsibility.
    A business changes hands when it changes owners (from one set of 'hands' to another).


    Senior Member
    English - England
    This shop changed hands. (new owners)

    This shop changed a hand. (A hand is someone who works for someone else doing general duties. Therefore this would mean that the shop dismissed a member of staff and employed a substitute.)

    3. a person performing manual labor or general duties:
    a ranch hand.
    hand - Dictionary of English
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