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.

Usage notes[edit]

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

Don't waste your time worrying about things you cannot change.


See also[edit]


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