Rube Goldberg

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

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Definition of Rube Goldberg

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of rube goldberg

Reuben (Rube) L. Goldberg †1970 American cartoonist


First Known Use: 1928


RUBE GOLDBERG Defined for English Language Learners

Rube Goldberg

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

Definition of Rube Goldberg for English Language Learners

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


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