- overdo; go too far; already too late
Suba kadung ilang mas-masan ane mara beline ibi sanja, buka nuturang tuak labuh, sing ada gunane.[example 1]
That set of gold accessories that was bought last night has been lost now, talking about it again is useless like talking about spilled palm wine (said of taking about something that has already happened and wishing it could be otherwise but not being able to do anything about it).
Buka benangne suba kadung maceleban.[example 2]
Like thread that has already been plunged into water. [proverb] Two people who are married with a big ceremony might as well continue their marriage and not get divorced (i.e. leave the thread wet)
No translation exists for this example.
- Fred Eiseman
- F. Eiseman, Proverbs. 1987