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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
Paris Hilton would soon be dethroned by Kim Kardashian, the woman who organized the very closet the Bling Ring ransacked.
Authorities said Mulzac had ransacked the home and fled to his native Massachusetts, leaving the retired nurse to die.
As the trio pulled up to the grocery store, the business appeared to be completely ransacked, with only debris and a few cans here and there.
It was found at the bottom of a 30ft pit, in a tomb that had been ransacked and robbed in antiquity.
With more than 31,000 people last year reporting the same dismal ordeal of returning to their vehicle to find a window shattered and the inside ransacked, San Francisco claimed the worst break-in rate of any big city in the state.
To date, that other evidence -- shell casings from a .25-caliber handgun that the killer would have touched while loading the weapon and ransacked jewelry boxes that were also likely handled by the killer -- has not been tested.
Maxis Mens Wear had been torched; Your Home-Town Newspapers had been ransacked.
Or, find the team that ransacked New York City two weeks ago and win the whole darn thing.
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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."
RANSACK Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ransack for English Language Learners
: to search (a place) for something in a way that causes disorder or damage
RANSACK Defined for Kids
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