Definition of Rube Goldberg
- a kind of Rube Goldberg contraption … with five hundred moving parts
- —L. T. Grant
First Known Use: 1928See Words from the same year
: doing something simple in a very complicated way that is not necessary
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to speak or write verbosely and windily
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