Definition of Heath Robinson in English:

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Heath Robinson

Pronunciation: /hiːθ ˈrɒbɪns(ə)n/


Ingeniously or ridiculously over-complicated in design or construction: a vast Heath Robinson mechanism
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  • 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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