cry over spilt milk


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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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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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But it is one of those things, you cannot cry over spilt milk, you have just to take it on the chin.
I didn't want to cry over spilt milk and I didn't even accept the psychological help and therapy that was offered to me.
Matt Jarvis could also have won a penalty but Ebanks-Blake accepted the call: "I'd like to think it was a penalty but it wasn't given so while we're disappointed we're not going to cry over spilt milk," he said.
Maradona said: "I'm very sad that Riquelme does not want to play in my team, but I'm not going to cry over spilt milk.
In other words, losers were trying not to cry over spilt milk (or, more accurately, measure the amount spilt), while gainers were more interested in--and happy--counting their gains.
But what is necessary to do is not to cry over spilt milk but to see that procedures are put in place to ensure that this does not happen again.