cry over spilt milk


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cry over spilt milk

To pointlessly lament a misfortune that cannot be undone.
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While Lancaster is not the type to cry over spilt milk, he could be forgiven to pointing to the players he is denied the chance of selecting.
True, but perhaps if you can't cry over spilt milk, there is an opportunity to laugh about it.
He was talking to media outside parliament on Friday; Mushahid Ullah said that opposition is making hue and cry over spilt milk.
But the explorer joked: "I am not going to cry over spilt milk - or split fingers.
But it is one of those things, you cannot cry over spilt milk, you have just to take it on the chin.
I didn't want to cry over spilt milk and I didn't even accept the psychological help and therapy that was offered to me.
Matt Jarvis could also have won a penalty but Ebanks-Blake accepted the call: "I'd like to think it was a penalty but it wasn't given so while we're disappointed we're not going to cry over spilt milk," he said.
Maradona said: "I'm very sad that Riquelme does not want to play in my team, but I'm not going to cry over spilt milk.
In other words, losers were trying not to cry over spilt milk (or, more accurately, measure the amount spilt), while gainers were more interested in--and happy--counting their gains.