don't cry over spilled milk

don't cry over spilled milk

Don't be upset over something that cannot be fixed, often something minor. Don't cry over spilled milk—we already submitted the report, so we can't fix it now. Oh, honey, you just fell down and ripped your stockings. You'll be fine, don't cry over spilled milk.
See also: cry, milk, over, spill

cry over spilt milk, don't

Also, no use crying over spilt milk. Don't regret what cannot be undone or rectified, as in The papers you wanted went out in last week's trash, so don't cry over spilt milk. This metaphor for the inability to recover milk once it has been spilled is very old indeed, already appearing as a proverb in James Howell's Paroimiografia (1659). It is sometimes shortened to spilt milk.
See also: cry, over, spilt
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