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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
Even as wildfires and hurricanes ransack the coasts, and record-breaking temperatures stack up, there’s still little appetite among the party’s leaders to address climate change through tax policy.
Burglary - Vehicle 20800 block of Concord Green West, Oct. 8, 8:17 a.m. Someone entered and ransacked an unlocked vehicle but nothing was taken.
At times in the 1990s, 10 to 15 cars would be ransacked in a night.
Other rooms had been ransacked and most property was missing.
The residence did not appeared to have been ransacked.
The police statement says that on Dec. 10, Graves’ friend entered her home out found it had been completely ransacked.
Relations between the Iran and Britain had been frosty since hard-liners ransacked the British Embassy in the Iranian capital in 2011, a move that led to its closing.
In fact, for the past month, as the Saints defense has ransacked the Panthers, Dolphins and Lions, the job looks downright enticing.
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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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