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Rube Goldberg

noun
1.
having a fantastically complicated, improvised appearance: a Rube Goldberg arrangement of flasks and test tubes.
2.
deviously complex and impractical: a Rube Goldberg scheme for reducing taxes.
Also, Goldbergian, Rube Goldbergian.


Origin:
1955–60; after Rube (Reuben) Goldberg

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Goldberg

[gohld-burg]
noun
1.
Arthur Joseph, 1908–90, U.S. jurist, statesman, and diplomat: associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court 1962–65; ambassador to the U.N. 1965–68.
2.
Reuben Lucius ("Rube") 1883–1970, U.S. cartoonist, whose work often depicts deviously complex and impractical inventions.
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Rube Goldberg
1940, from the U.S. cartoonist Reuben Lucius Goldberg (1883-1970) who devised fantastically complex gadgetry to accomplish simple tasks. His British counterpart was Heath Robinson (1872-1944).
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