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Rube Goldberg(American informal)
a Rube Goldberg piece of equipment or plan is very complicated and not very practical
Usage notes: Rube Goldberg was an American who drew funny pictures for newspapers showing complicated inventions.They use a Rube Goldberg type contraption to open and close the farm gate. The city is not well served by this Rube Goldberg scheme for economic development.
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A rallying cry for assistance when trouble breaks out. The phrase began in the days of touring carnivals and circuses. A carnival or circus performer or stagehand who found himself in an argument or altercation with patrons or other outsiders yelled, “hey, Rube,” the signal for his colleagues to run and help him out. An item in the Chicago Tribune in 1882 explained that “a canvasman watching a tent is just like a man watching his home. He'll fight in a minute if the outsider cuts the canvas [to sneak in], and if a crowd comes to quarrel—he will yell, ‘Hey, Rube!' That's the circus rallying cry, and look out for war when you hear it.” “Rube” might have been the name of an actual person summoned for assistance, although another possibility is that “rube” referred, as it still does, to country bumpkins; that is, to members of rural carnival and circus audiences who were likely to start trouble.