One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘burglars had ransacked the place’
plunder, pillage, steal from, raid, rob, loot, rifle, sack, strip, denude
ravage, maraud, lay waste, devastate
rare depredate, spoliate
2‘she ransacked the wardrobe for something to wear’
rummage through, hunt through, search, search through, rake through, scour, rifle, look all round, go through, comb, scrabble around in, poke around in, rummage around in, hunt around in, explore, turn inside out, turn over
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