Heath Robinson


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Heath Robinson

  (British)
if a machine or system is Heath Robinson, it is very complicated in a way that is funny, but not practical or effective
Usage notes: Heath Robinson was an English artist who drew strange, complicated machines that could do simple jobs.
My granny's got this great Heath Robinson device for slicing eggs.
See also: Robinson
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The ILN was important in launching the careers of many of Britain's best loved artists and contains a rich seam of illustrations from the likes of William Heath Robinson (as well as his brother Charles) , Mabel Lucie Atwell, David Wright, W Matania, Lawson Wood, Melton Prior, George Studdy, Kate Greenaway and the cartoonist, H M Bateman.
The coroner said the tests had "a Heath Robinson flavour" and even swore in as a witness an MoD civil servant sent to observe the hearing, who claimed Sqdn Ldr Pooley was too far away from the explosions to experience any ill-effects.
High-lights include two almost-but-not-quite-convincing watercolours, supposedly by Thomas Rowlandson and William Heath Robinson.
Could something like that work in Wales, for all its Heath Robinson contraption weaknesses?
His Heath Robinson contraption is at odds with some of the gleaming creations the other 29 competitors from nine different nations have hauled out to Battle Mountain in Nevada.
It was a bit of a Heath Robinson repair job to be honest and everyone was saying to me that I should just do a couple of laps and come in - at least that way I'd get the start points if nothing else to help me towards the title.
The orchestra is a real Heath Robinson type creation, part of which was Dave''s GCE O Level school woodwork project in 1969.
But these robust bi-planes, nick-named "Stringbags" because of their Heath Robinson looks, proved their worth endlessly throughout the conflict.
then it's raining' Heath Robinson affairs of yesteryear, these days the weather forecast is usually right.
This Heath Robinson kind of situation couldn't continue as Huddersfield grew.
It features book illustrations by Arthur Rackham, Heath Robinson and Walter Crane and by the Pre-Raphaelite artists Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Edward Burne-Jones.
It may be a little Heath Robinson, but this nifty gizmo really works; hang it up in the sun (assuming there is some) and after about an hour you get a warm shower.
Oh, and a Heath Robinson robotic drum machine which Taylor thinks is hilarious but is just mildly embarrassing.
I need a Heath Robinson internal frame of canes slung from the roof and sides to support the insulation.
But it's also the reason the Syrian cartoonist Ali Ferzat had his fingers broken by Assad's thugs two years ago; why British cartoonists like Vicky and Heath Robinson were on the Gestapo death list.