cry over spilt milk, don't

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don't cry over spilled milk

Don't be upset over something that cannot be fixed, often something minor. Don't cry over spilled milk—we already submitted the report, so we can't fix it now. Oh, honey, you just fell down and ripped your stockings. You'll be fine, don't cry over spilled milk.
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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, over, spilt
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I'm always very positive and used to say: "There's no use crying over spilt milk", but that changed the day I actually spilt the last of my milk due to physical and emotional exhaustion.
"It's no use crying over spilt milk. They are now facing the consequences of the policies they pursued over the last five years," the QWP leader remarked.
He said: "I wanted to be there until the very end but there's no use crying over spilt milk."
There's no use crying over spilt milk, as they say - especially when you know the secret to cleaning up milk stains.
No use crying over spilt milk. We are out, but with a new, British manager and the talent in our present team we should be ready and capable of winning the next World Cup.
COLIN Montgomerie's wife, who announced she was separating from her husband after 14 years of marriage, is obviously from the "no use crying over spilt milk" school of gay divorcees.
His boss told him it was no use crying over spilt milk.