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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, spilt
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His boss told him it was no use crying over spilt milk.
He said: "I wanted to be there until the very end but there's no use crying over spilt milk.
There's no use crying over spilt milk, as they say - especially when you know the secret to cleaning up milk stains.
SMITHY SAYS: It's no use crying over spilt milk Bob.