In Kyushu, where the yakuza are deeply rooted, they are not leaving with a whimper, they are leaving with a bang.
Did the French monarchy end not with a bang—or a whimper—but a smile?
Yet this case might very well end with a whimper rather than a bang.
In that context, the plan as it stands is a whimper, if that.
Democratic capitalism had won the Cold War not with a bang, but a whimper.
Eddy, meanwhile, made not a whimper, but kept his whitening lips close shut.
"I am not tired, mother," said the boy, preparing to whimper.
Mrs. Ellmer shook my hand limply and showed a disposition to whimper.
But no, there is no whimper, no hoof-stroke; yet we must be close to them now.
Wherefore, like a coward, dost thou for ever pip and whimper, and go cowering and trembling?
1510s, probably of imitative origin, or from German wimmern "to whimper, moan." The noun is first recorded c.1700. Related: Whimpered; whimpering.