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Rube Goldberg

adjective Rube Gold·berg \ˈrüb-ˈgōl(d)-ˌbərg\

: doing something simple in a very complicated way that is not necessary

Full Definition of RUBE GOLDBERG

:  accomplishing by complex means what seemingly could be done simply <a kind of Rube Goldberg contraption … with five hundred moving parts — L. T. Grant>; also :  characterized by such complex means

Variants of RUBE GOLDBERG

Rube Gold·berg also Rube Gold·berg·i·an \-ˌbər-gē-ən, -ˌbərg-yən\
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Origin of RUBE GOLDBERG

Reuben (Rube) L. Goldberg †1970 American cartoonist
First Known Use: 1931

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