cry over spilt milk

(Redirected from don't cry over spilt milk)

EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • (file)

VerbEdit

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 notesEdit

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

TranslationsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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