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tr.v. ran·sacked, ran·sack·ing, ran·sacks
1. To search through (something) thoroughly and often roughly: ransacked the drawer looking for my keys.
2. To go through (a place) stealing valuables and causing disarray; pillage: ransacked the village.
[Middle English ransaken, from Old Norse rannsaka : rann, house + *saka, to search, seek; see sāg- in Indo-European roots.]
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the action of ransacking a place
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|Noun||1.||ransacking - a thorough search for something (often causing disorder or confusion); "he gave the attic a good rummage but couldn't find his skis"|
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