Did the French monarchy end not with a bang—or a whimper—but a smile?
To the Israelis he came off looking too harsh, and his popularity plummeted and continues to whimper.
Yet this case might very well end with a whimper rather than a bang.
1510s, probably of imitative origin, or from German wimmern "to whimper, moan." The noun is first recorded c.1700. Related: Whimpered; whimpering.