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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
Infuriated by the sight, a mob stormed the mansion, ripping out walls and ransacking furnishings.
Rejecting cultural appropriation as a problem also rejects that many communities, often nonwhite ones, have been historically oppressed, colonized, and had their cultures ransacked for profit.
Unlike thrift stores, sporting goods are not ransacked by October 26th.
The laws are meant to ensure that police don't go around ransacking newsrooms across the country in an attempt to cower journalists and to make people think twice about telling their stories to reporters.
Prosecutors said the three men ransacked the car, then told the woman to drive to an ATM for more cash before Way raped her in her car.
But the mob ultimately continued on its destructive path, ransacking shoe shops in St. Martin le Grand and elsewhere.
While the gunfight continued, other klansmen ransacked the house, slashing the furniture and breaking everything in sight.
After desperate residents ransacked grocery stores, Mr. Leboyer said, the British military started patrolling in armored vehicles, and a curfew was imposed.
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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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