Rube Goldberg

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Rube Gold·berg / ˈgōldˌbərg/ • adj. unnecessarily or comically complex in design. ORIGIN: an allusion to the humorously complicated, impracticable, or ingenious devices dreamed up and illustrated by U.S. artist Reuben (‘Rube’) Lucius Goldberg (1883–1970).

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Rube Goldberg designating a device that is unnecessarily complicated, impracticable, or ingenious, from the name of Reuben (‘ Rube’) Lucius Goldberg (1883–1970), US humorous artist, whose illustrations often depicted such devices.