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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
In 2000, bears broke into more than 300 cars, smashing windows, clawing doors open and ransacking the interiors.
Breaking and entering, Ridge Road: The owner of a landscaping company reported finding his office broken into and ransacked and several other buildings on the property broken into some time between 10:30 p.m. Nov. 15 and 7:30 a.m. Nov. 16.
That desperation was on show on an uninhabited islet near Hokkaido, the few buildings on which Japanese authorities say was ransacked by a North Korean crew who washed ashore there.
Jews were expelled from Jerusalem’s Old City in the 1948 Arab-Israeli war and synagogues ransacked and destroyed.
The men briefly left to ransack other neighboring houses, before returning.
Responding deputies found the master bedroom and bathroom had been ransacked.
By Thursday night, Irma’s 175-mile-an-hour winds and pelting rains had already serially ransacked the islands of the eastern Caribbean, leaving at least seven dead and whole communities flattened.
Already, thieves had ransacked a beachfront hotel not far away, according to locals.
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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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