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Heath Robinson

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ˌhiːθ ˈrɒbɪnsən//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌhiːθ ˈrɑːbɪnsən//
 
(British English) (North American English Rube Goldberg) [only before noun] (humorous)
 
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(of machines and devices) having a very complicated design, especially when used to perform a very simple task; not practical a Heath Robinson contraption Word Origin early 20th cent.: named after W. Heath Robinson (1872-1944), the English cartoonist and illustrator.

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