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Walter Mitty

A person, generally quite ordinary or ineffectual, who indulges in fantastic daydreams of personal triumphs. For example, He's a Walter Mitty about riding in a rodeo but is actually afraid of horses. This term comes from James Thurber's short story, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1939), describing just such a character.
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At a sentencing hearing yesterday, District Judge Stephen Earl told Ahmed his was like fictional character Walter Mitty.
At a sentencing hearing on Thursday, District Judge Stephen Earl told Ahmed his was like fictional character Walter Mitty, who was part of James Thurber's short story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
I was always led to believe the Walter Mitty character was fictitious, but now I'm having my doubts.
Lawyer Paddy Lyttle described Lehd, of Seahill Road, Larne, Co Antrim, as "impressionable" and "a Walter Mitty character".
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Producer Stuart Cornfeld shared his love of the country "Iceland is just an amazing place, where the quality of light is truly different from anywhere on Earth.
In the first episode, Mitty is pilot of a navy flying boat in a storm, followed by being a surgeon, an assassin, and a Royal Air Force pilot.
Round about the time the staff are rocked by the shocking news that the magazine is to cease publication, Mitty manages to lose one of the negatives received from a reclusive star photographer (Sean Penn).
The dramatic scenery of Iceland is a star in its own right in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty with Ben Stiller in the lead role.
Stiller plays dreamer Water Mitty, a character from a James Thuber short story in The New Yorker in 1939.
Stiller plays dreamer Walter Mitty, a character from a James Thuber short story in The New Yorker in 1939.
THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY (PG) Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Shirley MacLaine, Kathryn Hahn, Adam Scott, Adrian Martinez, Patton Oswalt, Sean Penn Director: Ben Stiller Duration: 114 mins.
Since then, Walter Mitty (a mild-mannered man who enlivens a mundane day with a series of fantasies) has been synonymous with daydreaming and flights of imagination.
OWARDS the end of The Life Of Walter Mitty, a respected photojournalist sits on a mountainside in staring intently through a rare snow leopard slinks things don''t ask for coos the snapper, by the elusive big cat in habitat.
During a press tour for his latest film, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Stiller told the Hollywood Reporter that he felt "limited by who I am as an actor".
The story follows Mitty through hikes, crab fishing, camping and other adventures contrasted with the low-key "adventures" of his more timid sister.