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cry over spilt milk

cry over spilt milk in Culture

cry over spilt milk definition

To dwell pointlessly on past misfortunes: “I know you wish that you'd handled the project more efficiently, but there's no use crying over spilt milk.”

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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  • The advice to do the next thing and not cry over spilt milk is ever so much better than sentimental recalling of the past.

    Health Through Will Power James J. Walsh
  • But the mishap had happened, and according to the old proverb it was of no use to cry over spilt milk.

    In the King's Name George Manville Fenn
  • Dont see how we are goin to do it without that plan, rejoined Ben; but I aint one to cry over spilt milk.

  • I told you not to cry over spilt milk, and here you are, worrying over what has happened.

    Children's Literature Charles Madison Curry
  • It was useless, however, to cry over spilt milk, or to murmur against the mysterious decrees of Providence.

    The Log of a Privateersman Harry Collingwood
  • "Well, it don't do any good to cry over spilt milk," said Anderson bravely.

    The Daughter of Anderson Crow

    George Barr McCutcheon
  • There was no time to cry over spilt milk or reinstated school-teachers.

    Coniston, Complete Winston Churchill
  • I gave him the Spanish equivalent for our adage not to cry over spilt milk, adding that I preferred his room to his company.

    A Volunteer with Pike Robert Ames Bennet
  • I haven't come back to cry over spilt milk, like a naughty dairymaid who trips and falls on the cellar steps.

    Otherwise Phyllis Meredith Nicholson
  • It was useless, however, to cry over spilt milk, and all my thought now was to get back to the hotel in safety.

    The Mysterious Shin Shira George Edward Farrow

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