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Rube Goldberg

 (ro͞ob′)
adj.
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)
adj
US doing something by unnecessarily complicated means

Rube Gold•berg

(ˈrub ˈgoʊld bɜrg)
adj.
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]
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Noun1.Rube Goldberg - United States cartoonist who drew intricate diagrams of very complicated and impractical contraptions that accomplished little or nothing (1883-1970)Rube Goldberg - United States cartoonist who drew intricate diagrams of very complicated and impractical contraptions that accomplished little or nothing (1883-1970)
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