One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Ingeniously or ridiculously over-complicated in design or construction.‘a vast Heath Robinson mechanism’
- ‘The organisation has a Heath Robinson scheme involving a trolley on wheels with a grease trap.’
- ‘Mounted on a supermarket trolley is a Heath Robinson device.’
- ‘The Liberal Democratic Party is a Heath Robinson contraption which defies the Laws of physics.’
- ‘Standing outside (now with cold feet), watching ‘her’ (as Donald refers to the wheel) crank into action as the sluice gates let in water from the Essett burn, there was a Heath Robinson moment.’
- ‘There in Brighton is a Heath Robinson contraption that defies the laws of physics.’
Early 20th century: named after W. Heath Robinson (see Robinson, Heath).
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