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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or being a contrivance that brings about by complicated means what apparently could have been accomplished simply.

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  • n. United States cartoonist who drew intricate diagrams of very complicated and impractical contraptions that accomplished little or nothing (1883-1970)

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

After Reuben Lucius ("Rube”) Goldberg (1883-1970), American cartoonist noted for his intricate diagrams of such contrivances.

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