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Of, relating to, or being a contrivance that brings about by complicated means what apparently could have been accomplished simply.
[After Reuben Lucius ("Rube") Goldberg (1883-1970), American cartoonist noted for his intricate diagrams of such contrivances.]
Rube Goldberg(ruːb ˈɡəʊldbɜːɡ)
US doing something by unnecessarily complicated means
Rube Gold•berg(ˈrub ˈgoʊld bɜrg)
1. having a fantastically complicated, improvised appearance: a Rube Goldberg arrangement of flasks and test tubes.
2. deviously complex and impractical.
[1955–60; after Rube(Reuben)Goldberg (1883–1970), U.S. cartoonist]