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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.]

ran′sack′er n.
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the action of ransacking a place
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Noun1.ransacking - a thorough search for something (often causing disorder or confusion); "he gave the attic a good rummage but couldn't find his skis"
search, hunting, hunt - the activity of looking thoroughly in order to find something or someone
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Iranian courts have tried 45 men for the January attack on the Saudi embassy in Tehran, clearing all 45 of the main charge of storming and ransacking the embassy, but sentencing an unannounced number to three to six months in jail for disorderly conduct.