Heath Robinson

/ (ˈrɒbɪnsən) /

  1. (of a mechanical device) absurdly complicated in design and having a simple function

Origin of Heath Robinson

C20: named after William Heath Robinson (1872–1944), British cartoonist

Words Nearby Heath Robinson

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How to use Heath Robinson in a sentence

  • Not satisfied with the condition of the road as it was, they sent forth this "Heath Robinson" mechanism to improve it.

  • They bring troops up to within 20 miles of Heath Robinson, who fires off his gun every half hour.

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