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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." 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.
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not with a bang but a whimper

LITERARY
If something happens not with a bang but a whimper, it is less effective or exciting than people expected or intended. The Cannes film festival approached its climax yesterday not with a bang but a whimper, as thousands of disappointed festival-goers left early. Note: You can also say that something happened with a bang and not a whimper to mean the opposite. Should the monarchy go, it would be with a memorable bang and not a whimper. Note: This is the last line of T.S. Eliot's poem `The Hollow Men' (1925): `This is the way the world ends Not with a bang but a whimper.'
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There was the odd bark or whimper and a little lead-tugging, but most dogs were well behaved.
Crying -- encompassing the spectrum from full-throated cries to whimpers -- first was monitored for 5 minutes among 16 babies.
Michael Dowling, 52, forced a door after hearing the dog's whimpers.
That, too, is how writer-director Taylor works out some of his scenarios - the central love story whimpers, Zoe's final stage of development seems as imaginary as her earlier dreams, and so forth.
Owner Simon Groves, 46, feared the worst until he heard her whimpers and saw her wagging her tail 50ft from the base of the cliff.
When, next week, Faith whimpers that her future seems so undecided, her boy toy du jour responds, ``The question mark (in life) - that's what makes you come back for more.
If he ever gets caught by the dog warden he whimpers, begs for forgiveness, wails about ruff justice and waits for his owner to clear up his mess and send him to an RSPCA clinic to work on his addictions.
For Shemp, it's all too much: ``I'm tired of all the rough stuff,'' he whimpers, ``the slaps, the pokes - I don't want to do it anymore.