cry over spilt milk

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cry over spilt milk (third-person singular simple present cries over spilt milk, present participle crying over spilt milk, simple past and past participle cried over spilt milk)

  1. To worry about unfortunate events which have already happened and which cannot be changed.
    • [1738, Jonathan Swift, A Complete Collection of Genteel and Ingenious Conversation:
      'Tis a Folly to cry for spilt Milk.]

Usage notes[edit]

  • Usually found as a negative imperative: don't cry over spilt milk or there's no use crying over spilt milk.


See also[edit]


  • Gregory Y. Titelman, Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings, 1996, →ISBN, p. 63.