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Examples of ransack in a Sentence
Robbers ransacked the apartment looking for money.
The room had been ransacked.
Recent Examples of ransack from the Web
The purchase was made around 1 a.m. on Feb. 19, 2014, the day relatives first reported the couple missing after finding their home abandoned and ransacked.
Hays said the robbers ransacked the house for possibly about 10 minutes, then took the keys to a Lexus belonging to the victim’s wife.
Two men ransacked the house and used tools from the garage and barn to remove a safe bolted down in the master bedroom and then a blanket to drag it away.
The man reported that a second car, a Honda Civic, that had been locked and left in the driveway had also been entered and ransacked.
Cash stolen from locked safe in a locked office and office ransacked.
Between June 29 at 9 p.m. and June 30 at 8 a.m. Vehicle parked in front of a residence ransacked; nothing stolen.
Recent demonstrations by trade union movements linked to the PT led to some of the most violent scenes in Brasilia’s history, with activists ransacking ministry buildings and even setting one on fire.
The duo demanded money from her, then ransacked the apartment on Sirocco Lane, south of Adobe Falls Road.
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Did You Know?
Ransack carries the image of a house being torn out of order, as might happen when you are frantically searching for something. This is appropriate given the word's origin. Ransack derives via Middle English from Old Norse "rannsaka"; the "rann" in rannsaka means "house." The second half of "rannsaka" is related to an Old English word, secan, meaning "to seek." But our modern use of the word isn't restricted to houses. You can ransack a drawer, a suitcase, or even the contents of a book (for information). A now-obsolete frequentative form of "ransack," "ransackle," gave us our adjective "ramshackle."
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