[ US /ˈɹænˌsæk/ ]
[ UK /ɹˈænsæk/ ]
  1. steal goods; take as spoils
    During the earthquake people looted the stores that were deserted by their owners
  2. search thoroughly
    They combed the area for the missing child
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How To Use ransack In A Sentence

  • After posting a "sunny, bright, cozy loft" on the rental marketplace, the woman, who uses the pseudonym EJ, returned to find the apartment ransacked by a renter using the name "DJ Pattrson. ABC News: Top Stories
  • The team will ransack every word of testimony, memo and report for any inaccuracy, inconsistency or contradiction.
  • Meanwhile, more religions are ransacked for metaphor than Joseph Campbell ever shook his shtick at.
  • The gangs sold their booty, families tried to earn money from their belongings and neighbours ransacked the homes of anyone who had not returned from prison. Times, Sunday Times
  • York war veteran Joe Munday today spoke of his anger towards thieves who ransacked his house and stole his prized medals.
  • The crooks prised out the kitchen window and ransacked the house. The Sun
  • They tied her to a chair in the nursery and then ransacked her house looking for cash and valuables. The Sun
  • He allegedly then ransacked the house, stole a gun from a safe, and fled in the homeowner's vehicle.
  • The rogues ransack the place in search of a treasure map, offing the men and carting the women, including feisty Violet Miranda, onto a ship run by the dastardly but suave Captain Calico Jack.
  • A landlord who was tied up and threatened at knifepoint while balaclava-clad raiders ransacked his Brentwood pub has told of his horrific ordeal.
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