having a fantastically complicated, improvised appearance: a Rube Goldberg arrangement of flasks and test tubes.
deviously complex and impractical: a Rube Goldberg scheme for reducing taxes.
Also Goldbergian, Rube Goldbergian.
Origin of Rube Goldberg
1955–60; after Rube (Reuben) Goldberg
Definition for rube goldberg (2 of 2)
[ gohld-burg ]
/ ˈgoʊld bɜrg /
Arthur Joseph,1908–90, U.S. jurist, statesman, and diplomat: associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court 1962–65; ambassador to the U.N. 1965–68.
Reuben LuciusRube, 1883–1970, U.S. cartoonist, whose work often depicts deviously complex and impractical inventions.
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