What does the word ransack mean?

Usage examples for ransack

  1. " If only I knew in what part of London he was staying, I'd ransack it for him, if I had to visit every house in order to do so. – My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby
  2. So very singular, and strange, indeed, was the position in which the people of France were placed by the revolution, that their vernacular language was found deficient in the appropriate phraseology of freedom; and they were obliged to resort to a foreign idiom, and to the customs of other climes, and the usages of other nations, and to ransack the regions of fancy and invention, for the vocabulary, as well as the drapery, of their new republic. – The Portland Sketch Book by Various
  3. Bidding them move at their peril, the man with two revolvers remained to guard the doctor and his wife, while the other began to ransack the room. – The Strange Adventures of Mr. Middleton by Wardon Allan Curtis