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Related to spilt: crying over spilt milk

(it's/there's) no use crying over spilt milk

It does no good to get upset over a bad decision or unfortunate event that has already come to pass and cannot be changed. We were pretty disappointed to have lost the championship game, but there's no use crying over spilt milk. We just have to train harder for next season! I know you really wanted that job, but you weren't hired, so it's no use crying over spilt milk now. I was such a fool to take out that second mortgage. Oh well, no use crying over spilt milk!
See also: crying, milk, spilt, use

(there's) no point crying over spilt milk

It does no good to get upset over a bad decision or unfortunate event that has already come to pass and cannot be changed. We were pretty disappointed to have lost the championship game, but there's no point crying over spilt milk. We just have to train harder for next season! I was such a fool to take out that second mortgage. Oh well, no point crying over spilt milk!
See also: crying, milk, point, spilt

cry over spilt milk

To be upset over something that cannot be fixed, often something minor. Please calm down, you're just crying over spilt milk. We already submitted the report, so we can't fix it now. A: "Why is Hannah so upset?" B: "Oh, she's just crying over spilt milk. She just fell down and ripped her stockings—she'll be fine."
See also: cry, milk, spilt

It's no good/use crying over spilt milk.

  also There's no point crying over spilt milk.
something that you say which means you should not get upset about something bad that has happened that you cannot change Sometimes I regret not taking that job in London. Oh well, there's no point crying over spilt milk.
See also: crying, good, milk, spilt

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
References in classic literature ?
Look at the clock, do; why, it's going on for half-past nine, and I've sent the gells to bed this half-hour, and late enough too; when they've got to get up at half after four, and the mowers' bottles to fill, and the baking; and here's this blessed child wi' the fever for what I know, and as wakeful as if it was dinner-time, and nobody to help me to give her the physic but your uncle, and fine work there's been, and half of it spilt on her night-gown--it's well if she's swallowed more nor 'ull make her worse i'stead o' better.
I have heard it said When wine is spilt blood is spilt also, But that's a foolish tale.
Look, there is yonder in the lower court a tree, and under the shade of that tree we shall breathe more freely than in this hot atmosphere of spilt wine.
There were the broken shards; there was the spilt water drying in the sun, and through the cracks of the veranda showed, all ribbed, the white house-wall below - and thrice twelve was thirty-six!
A tumbled bundle of gay-coloured clothes lay under a bush, and round it was some spilt flour.
With some pipe ash amongst a little spilt wine his forefinger traced a capital R.
I most sincerely beg your pardon": for he had spilt a small spot of wine on the table-cloth.
my wine is all spilt, and my horses all three dead.