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not with a bang but with a whimper
In an anti-climactic way. Typically used to describe the end of something. The phrase is taken from the last stanza of T.S. Eliot's poem "The Hollow Men": "This is the way the world ends / Not with a bang but a whimper." Primarily heard in UK, Australia. We all thought the championship was going to be a close game, but it ended up being a blowout, and the season ended not with a bang but with a whimper.