Mitty

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Mitty

(ˈmɪtɪ)
n
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) Walter Mitty
a. a fictional character given to grand and elaborate fantasies; daydreamer
b. (as modifier): a Walter Mitty character; a Mitty act.
[C20: from a short story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1939), by James Thurber]
ˌMittyˈesque, ˈMitty-ˌlike adj
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Last Sunday it was blustery and so it was de rigueur that I wore a scarf, adding to my Walter Mittyesque belief that I was behind the controls of a Spitfire in the Battle of Britain.
THE SECRET LIFE There was more than a trace of Walter Mitty in Ross and you had to be careful what you said around him in case it might trigger a flight of Mittyesque fancy.
I think the very interesting thing that he said about Out of My League was that it was "the dark side of the moon of Walter Mitty," which was extremely accurate, because so many people consider what I do as Mittyesque adventure.
In wilder ones, he took a 1965 Mustang GT 350 on the vintage racing circuit, running -- and often winning -- Mittyesque duels with other don't-quit-your-day-job drivers on famous tracks like Daytona, Sebring and Watkins Glen.
But while most people's dreams of glory in Beijing or London will go no further than Walter Mittyesque fantasies, 16-year-old Halsall is engaged in the serious business of developing an already precocious talent.
But if you find, as I do, that most fruitful in-flight encounters take place in the mind, beware of the "snore-syndrome" -- floating off into a Mittyesque trance, and waking up to dusty looks from your neighbors.
Let's leave aside the Walter Mittyesque elements of this strategy.
For this reason the temptation to see Reflections on Espionage as the revelation of a Mittyesque secret life is misguided.