cry over spilt milk

cry over spilt milk
• it is no use crying over spilt milk
• to cry over spilt milk
cry or complain about something that has already happened

Don't cry over spilt milk. You can never change the past.

to spend time uselessly regretting unfortunate events

"Well, I judge there's no use crying over spilt milk. Command me in any way. I am your very faithful servant." And turning round, he went out. (J. Galsworthy)

"Oh, dear me!" exclaimed Carrie. Then she settled back with a sigh. "There is no use crying over spilt milk," she said. "It's too late!" (Th. Dreiser)

And the grass - those great places had no grass, he believed! The blossom, too, was late this year - no blossom before they left! Well, the milk was spilled! (J. Galsworthy)


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  • cry over spilt milk — To waste time in bemoaning what is irreparable • • • Main Entry: ↑cry cry over spilt milk see under ↑cry • • • Main Entry: ↑milk * * * cry over spilt milk phrase to waste time feeling upset about something bad that has happened and cannot be… …   Useful english dictionary

  • cry\ over\ spilt\ milk — • cry over spilled milk • cry over spilt milk • no use crying over spilled milk • no use crying over spilt milk v. phr. informal To cry or complain about something that has already happened; be unhappy about something that cannot be helped. You… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • cry over spilt milk — cry about small accidents, cry instead of doing    Children drop things and break them. Don t cry over spilt milk …   English idioms

  • cry over spilt milk — to waste time feeling upset about something bad that has happened and cannot be changed No use crying over spilt milk, she said …   English dictionary

  • don't cry over spilt milk — When something bad happens and nothing can be done to help it people say, Don t cry over spilt milk …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • cry\ over\ spilled\ milk — • cry over spilled milk • cry over spilt milk • no use crying over spilled milk • no use crying over spilt milk v. phr. informal To cry or complain about something that has already happened; be unhappy about something that cannot be helped. You… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • cry over spilled milk — phrasal : to express vain regrets for what cannot be recovered or undone : complain uselessly * * * cry over spilled milk (US) (or chiefly Brit cry over spilt milk) informal : to be upset about something that has happened and that cannot be… …   Useful english dictionary

  • cry over spilled milk — or[cry over spilt milk] {v. phr.}, {informal} To cry or complain about something that has already happened; be unhappy about something that cannot be helped. * /After the baby tore up Sue s picture book, Sue s mother told her there was no use… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • cry over spilled milk — or[cry over spilt milk] {v. phr.}, {informal} To cry or complain about something that has already happened; be unhappy about something that cannot be helped. * /After the baby tore up Sue s picture book, Sue s mother told her there was no use… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • cry over spilt milk — dwell pointlessly on past misfortunes …   English contemporary dictionary

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