cry before (one) is hurt

cry before (one) is hurt

To bemoan something before it happens. Stop crying before you're hurt—wait and see how she treats you at the birthday party.
See also: before, cry, hurt

cry before one is hurt

Fig. to cry or complain needlessly, before one is injured. Bill always cries before he's hurt. There is no point in crying before one is hurt.
See also: before, cry, hurt, one