it's no use crying over spilled milk

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(it's/there's) no use 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 use 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 use crying over spilled milk now. I was such a fool to take out that second mortgage. Oh well, no use crying over spilled milk!
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

It's no use crying over spilled milk.

 and Don't cry over spilled milk.
Prov. Do not be upset about making a mistake, since you cannot change that now. I know you don't like your new haircut, but you can't change it now. It's no use crying over spilled milk. OK, so you broke the drill I lent you. Don't cry over spilled milk.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

it's no use crying over spilled milk

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there's no use crying over spilled milk

If you say it's no use crying over spilled milk or there's no use crying over spilled milk, you mean that people should not worry or be upset about things that have happened and cannot be changed. Note: `Spilled' can also be spelled `spilt' in British English. It didn't work out, but there you go. It's no use crying over spilt milk. Note: This expression is very variable, for example no use can be replaced by no good or no point. Often, the expression is said without it's or there's. Oh well, it's done now. No point crying over spilt milk.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

it’s no good/use crying over spilt ˈmilk

(saying) it is a waste of time worrying, complaining or feeling sad about something which is done and cannot be changed: His decision to resign was disappointing, but it’s no use crying over spilt milk. We need to concentrate on finding someone to replace him.
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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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