cry\ before\ one\ is\ hurt

• cry before one is hurt
• holler before one is hurt
v. phr. informal
To complain when there is no reason for it; become upset because you are worried or afraid. - Used in negative sentences.

When Billy went to the barber, he began to cry before the barber cut his hair and his father told him not to cry before he was hurt.

- Often used as a proverb.

John was worried because he would soon have a new boss. His mother said, "Don't cry before you're hurt!"

Syn.: borrow trouble

Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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  • cry before one is hurt — or[holler before one is hurt] {v. phr.}, {informal} To complain when there is no reason for it; become upset because you are worried or afraid. Used in negative sentences. * /When Billy went to the barber, he began to cry before the barber cut… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • cry before one is hurt — or[holler before one is hurt] {v. phr.}, {informal} To complain when there is no reason for it; become upset because you are worried or afraid. Used in negative sentences. * /When Billy went to the barber, he began to cry before the barber cut… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • holler\ before\ one\ is\ hurt — • cry before one is hurt • holler before one is hurt v. phr. informal To complain when there is no reason for it; become upset because you are worried or afraid. Used in negative sentences. When Billy went to the barber, he began to cry before… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • holler before one is hurt — See: CRY BEFORE ONE IS HURT …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • holler before one is hurt — See: CRY BEFORE ONE IS HURT …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • don’t cry before you’re hurt — Cf. early 14th cent. Fr. follie fait plorer deuant que on soit batu. 1548 Reliquiœ Antiquœ (1843) II. 16 Ye may the better understand that I cry not before I am pricked. 1678 J. RAY English Proverbs (ed. 2) 237 You cry before you’re hurt. 1721 J …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • don't cry before you're hurt — See: CRY BEFORE ONE IS HURT …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • don't cry before you're hurt — See: CRY BEFORE ONE IS HURT …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • don't\ cry\ before\ you're\ hurt — See: cry before one is hurt …   Словарь американских идиом

  • hurt — See: CRY BEFORE ONE IS HURT or HOLLER BEFORE ONE IS HURT …   Dictionary of American idioms

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