cry over spilt milk
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- 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.]
- Usually found as a negative imperative: don't cry over spilt milk or there's no use crying over spilt milk.
to worry about unfortunate events which have already happened
- Gregory Y. Titelman, Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings, 1996, →ISBN, p. 63.