Don’t cry over spilled milk

Definition

Don’t cry over spilled milk is an idiom which means there is no use in worrying about something that has already happened and cannot be changed.

Examples

It’s no use crying over spilled milk – you can’t change the past.

Don’t worry about it – there’s no point crying over spilled milk.

Origin

The expression is of unknown origin and may have first been used in the early 1700s. It is a metaphor for a wasted effort and conveys the message to accept a situation and move on.

FAQs

What does the phrase mean?

Don’t cry over spilled milk is an idiom which means there is no use in worrying about something that has already happened and cannot be changed.

Where did the phrase originate?

The expression is of unknown origin and may have first been used in the early 1700s.