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Rube Goldberg

Describing an unnecessarily complicated machine used for a simple task. Rube Goldberg was an American cartoonist known for drawing such contraptions. I just love these silly Rube Goldberg machines—it takes imagination to design something so complicated!
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hey, Rube

A call for help. It originated among members of traveling circuses in the late 19th century. The carnival performer yelled out, "Hey, Rube!" as the unruly crowd advanced on him.
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hey, Rube!

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.
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She's on a Rube Goldberg machine team at Purdue University in Indiana.
When his father-in-law inquired about the money for board that he felt Rube owed him, Waddell took a flat iron and beat the man about the head, knocking out several of his teeth.
Hurlers who started Game 1 of the Fall Classic with different teams include Rube Marquard (Giants, Dodgers), Paul Derringer (Cardinals, Reds), Don Gullets (Reds, Yankees), Don Sutton (Dodgers, Brewers), Jack Morris (Tigers, Twins, Blue Jays), Curt Schilling (Phillies, D'backs) and Cliff Lee (Phillies, Rangers).
The contest takes its cue from Rube Goldberg, a 20th-century engineer turned cartoonist.
At least as important is the influence of Rube Goldberg's work on engineering education.
I still remember the not-so-gentle way the captain on my first Pacific Rim trip let me know I was sounding like a Rube.
Headline presenters include: Dan Glickman, former Sec'y of Agriculture, now head of the Motion Picture Association; Leigh Rubin, creator of the Rube cartoon series; Roy Reiman, founder of Reiman Publications; and Ted Haller, the Jordan Group and Media Dir for AdFarm.
He gets Rube Waddell mixed up with Rube Marquard, for one thing, and anybody does that oughta be put away where he won't bother nobody.
Noted for his novel Rube (1921), for his influential literary criticism, and for his essays about the United States (where he lived for eighteen years), he inspired an entire generation of novelists, including Brancati, Moravia, and Piovene.
In the first comprehensive history of the hillbilly, Harkins traces this figure back to precursors in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries: literary sources, such as the stock character of the "rural rube," as well as Simon Suggs, Sut Lovingood, and Southwest humor; legends that grew up around historical figures Daniel Boone and, especially, Davy Crockett; the image of the feuding, moonshining Mountaineer propagated by journalists in the later nineteenth century.
Rube Whitlock is faced with raising his two young sons after the death of his infant daughter leaves his wife mentally incapacitated with grief and unable to care for them.
The book is divided into four parts: Sneaky Tricks and Gimmicks, such as detecting counterfeit bills using magnets; Sneaky Gadgets and Gizmos, such as using a wire-controlled toy car to make a power room door opener; Security Gadgets and Gizmos, such as a Rube Goldberg-type device for capturing break-ins on film; and Sneaky Survival Techniques, like how to use a plastic bag to obtain drinking water from plants--and also (caveat emptor) how to make clubs and knives from rocks and glass shards.
NEW YORK -- Giclee prints of the work of Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Rube Goldberg have recently been made available through Animated Animations.
The Rube Goldberg Machine Contest is named after the Pulitzer Prize-winning artist Rube Goldberg, who was famous for satirizing new technologies, and is devoted to bringing his cartoon "inventions" to life.
I don't think even Ken has enough rube ls to buy Dyer.