In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(before noun) complicado y estrambótico
- I think of a routine in which the cast was in the kitchen, getting ready for a party, and moved food items from one side to another with the goofy precision of a Rube Goldberg device.
- Harnessing the energy of some Rube Goldberg perpetual-motion machine, prancing on those fine filly legs like the winner of the strumpet's marathon, Bette uses her body as an inexhaustible source of sight gags.
- I think the polling methodology is a Rube Goldberg contraption that seems conveniently to favor Democratic candidates on a fairly regular basis.
- Spoons, safety pins, little magnifying glasses, plants, and endless bits of junk rise into the air like a Rube Goldberg contraption without the plot.
- The old, trusted model for traditional media buying is something of a Rube Goldberg machine, he says, functioning because agencies have large, low-paid back office staffs processing insertion orders.
- Even more impressive is the fact that Kelly has managed to marshal this Rube Goldberg menagerie into a smart, funny lampoon of gung-ho militarism.
- The story structure of the film is like the cinematic equivalent of a Rube Goldberg machine - a twisting, winding string of coincidences piled one upon another, all leading to a very simple event - a woman meeting a man.
- So while most conventional dairies resemble a Rube Goldberg concoction of pulleys, levers and treated feed where the animals serve as little more than milk spouts, this company has opted for a more humane and, he believes, healthier approach.
- But from a purely pedestrian viewpoint, this seems like a Rube Goldberg response to the simplest of ideas.
- In emulation of him, they have turned the wagon into a Rube Goldberg plane that takes off, despite King's efforts to stop it.
- The thing was then, and is now, a Rube Goldberg contraption of breathtaking audacity.
- Rather than going about things in a straightforward manner, she devises stratagems, the complexities of which are analogous to the workings of a Rube Goldberg project.
- She's not a Rube Goldberg machine, but a perpetual-motion one.
- Inside his head, there once was a Rube Goldberg contraption designed to help him play golf.
- These macroscopic movements of the tympanum are transmitted through the columella and extracolumella in most sensible tetrapods, or through a Rube Goldberg machine of three weirdly shaped bones in mammals.
- With fascination R. watched me rig up this Rube Goldberg device and mount the switch outside the back door.
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