cry before one is hurt

[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 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.