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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.
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 Lucius (“Rube”) 1883–1970, U.S. cartoonist, whose work often depicts deviously complex and impractical inventions.
Rube Goldberg


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