Meaning of Rube Goldberg

Rube' Gold'berg

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. having a fantastically complicated, improvised appearance: a Rube Goldberg arrangement of flasks and test tubes.
  2. deviously complex and impractical: a Rube Goldberg scheme for reducing taxes.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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