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Noun: ransacking  'ran,sa-king or ran'sa-king
  1. A thorough search for something (often causing disorder or confusion)
    "he gave the attic a good ransacking but couldn't find his skis";
    - rummage
Verb: ransack  'ran,sak or ran'sak
  1. Steal goods; take as spoils
    "During the earthquake people ransacked the stores that were deserted by their owners";
    - plunder, despoil, loot, reave [archaic], strip, rifle, pillage, foray
  2. Search thoroughly
    "They ransacked the area for the missing child";
    - comb

Derived forms: ransackings

Type of: hunt, hunting, search, take

Encyclopedia: Ransacking