(it's) no good crying over spilled milk

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(it's) no good crying over spilled milk

proverb 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 good crying over spilled 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 good crying over spilled milk now. I was such a fool to take out that second mortgage. Oh well, no good crying over spilled milk!
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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
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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