Rube Goldbergian
adjective see Rube Goldberg

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Rube Goldberg — also Rube Goldbergian adjective Etymology: Reuben (Rube) L. Goldberg died 1970 American cartoonist Date: 1931 accomplishing by complex means what seemingly could be done simply < a kind of Rube Goldberg contraption…with five hundred moving parts… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • goldbergian — (ˈ)gōl(d)|bərgēən adjective Usage: usually capitalized Etymology: Rube Goldberg died 1970 American cartoonist + English ian : grotesquely complex : contrived with inept and excessive intricacy a strange Goldbergian contraption resembling a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Goldbergian — /gohld berr gee euhn/, adj. See Rube Goldberg. [GOLDBERG + IAN] * * * …   Universalium

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