Definition of Heath Robinson in English:

Heath Robinson

Line breaks: Heath Rob|in|son
Pronunciation: /hiːθ ˈrɒbɪns(ə)n


  • Ingeniously or ridiculously over-complicated in design or construction: a vast Heath Robinson mechanism
    More example sentences
    • 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.
    • The Liberal Democratic Party is a Heath Robinson contraption which defies the Laws of physics.
    • The organisation has a Heath Robinson scheme involving a trolley on wheels with a grease trap.


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

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