Great cry and little wool. This is derived from the ancient mystery
of David and Abigail, in which Nabal is represented as shearing
his sheep, and the Devil, who is made to attend the churl, imitates the
act by “shearing a hog.” Originally, the proverb ran thus, “Great cry
and little wool, as the Devil said when he sheared the hogs.” N.B.—Butler alters the proverb into “All cry and no wool.”
Cry of Animals
(The). (See Animals.)
To cry over spilt milk.
To fret about some loss which can never be repaired.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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