don't cry over spilled milk

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."
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don't cry over spilled milk

Don't be upset over something that cannot be fixed. Said especially of something trivial or minor. Oh, honey, you just ripped your stockings a little. You'll be fine—don't cry over spilled milk. Don't go crying over spilled milk. We already submitted the report, so we can't fix it now.
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cry over spilt (or spilled) milk

lament or make a fuss about a misfortune that has happened and that cannot be changed or reversed.
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crying over spilled milk, it's no good/use

Don’t regret what’s done and can’t be helped. That milk once spilled cannot be recovered must have been observed from the first day milk was put into a container. “No weeping for shed milk” appears in two seventeenth-century proverb collections (James Howell, 1659; John Ray, 1678), and the idea is still so well known that the mere words “spilled milk” convey the entire cliché.
See also: crying, good, no, over, spill, use
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