: to look through thoroughly in often a rough way
- … he and 15 staff members watched agents ransack the office.
- —Christian Caryl et al.
- In desperation, I ransacked my refrigerator for something else to whip up.
- —Dana Bowen
- (figurative) Most novelists ransack their lives for that first novel; it might be called involuntary reporting.
- —Tom Wolfe
: to search through and steal from in a forceful and damaging way : plunder
- Thieves ransacked the house.
- Louis XVI was persuaded to risk a navy far from its own shores and to ransack the French arsenals for arms and ammunition …
- —C. P. Reynolds