Definition of Heath Robinson in English:

Heath Robinson

adjective

British
  • Ingeniously or ridiculously over-complicated in design or construction.

    ‘a vast Heath Robinson mechanism’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mounted on a supermarket trolley is a Heath Robinson device.’
    • ‘The organisation has a Heath Robinson scheme involving a trolley on wheels with a grease trap.’

Origin

Early 20th century: named after W. Heath Robinson(see Robinson, Heath).

Pronunciation:

Heath Robinson

/hiːθ ˈrɒbɪns(ə)n/