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English definition of “Heath Robinson”

Heath Robinson

adjective uk   /ˌhiːθˈrɒb.ɪn.sən/ us    /-ˈrɑː.bɪn-/ UK humorous old-fashioned
describes a machine that is very cleverly made and is complicated in a silly or humorous way, but has no practical use: a Heath Robinson contraptionMachinery and machinesHousehold equipment and domestic choresComplexityDifficult to understand
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