verb (used with object)
Origin of ransack
Examples from the Web for ransacking
Electricity has yet to be restored to downtown Tacloban and night-time shootings and ransacking have been reported in the area.Typhoon Haiyan Tacloban Leaders Calls on Rebels to Avoid Armed Violence|The Telegraph|November 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Samar learned it was this same commander who had ordered the bombing and ransacking of her hospital inside Afghanistan.
They thrust themselves, ransacking, into every nook and cranny that a rat would not go through, scarcely.Bits of Blarney|R. Shelton Mackenzie
While some were thus occupied in the hold, others were ransacking the cabin.Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland Volume 18|Alexander Leighton
Ransacking her soul for an explanation, she ran upon the idea that it was because of her association with the Weblings.The Cup of Fury|Rupert Hughes
He had financed her as a star, ransacking Europe for her stage properties, and then he fell in love with her.The Breaking Point|Mary Roberts Rinehart
And the secret of the whim he meant to follow lay, he knew, within the kit-bag which he had found Captain Melun ransacking.The Crime Club|William Holt-White
British Dictionary definitions for ransacking
Word Origin for ransack
Word Origin and History for ransacking
mid-13c., from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse rannsaka "to pillage," literally "search the house" (especially legally, for stolen goods), from rann "house," from Proto-Germanic *rasnan (c.f. Gothic razn, Old English ærn "house;" see barn) + saka "to search," related to Old Norse soekja "seek" (see seek). Sense influenced by sack (v.). Related: Ransacked; ransacking.