rube goldbergian

Rube Goldberg

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

1955–60; after Rube (Reuben) Goldberg Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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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).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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