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grist for (one's) mill

Something that initially seems bad or negative but is ultimately used in a positive way by someone. A: "The tabloids found out that you've been in rehab. How do you plan on handling it?" B: "It's just grist for my mill—I'm a changed man now, and that's what I'll tell the media. At least they're writing about me again!"
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grist to (one's) mill

Something that initially seems bad or negative but is ultimately used in a positive way by someone. A: "The tabloids found out that you've been in rehab. How do you plan on handling it?" B: "It's just grist to my mill—I'm a changed man now, and that's what I'll tell the media. At least they're writing about me again!"
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grist to the mill

A useful resource in a particular situation. If my detractors hear about this blunder, it will just be grist to the mill.
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grist for the mill

Something that initially seems bad or negative but is ultimately used in a positive way by someone. A: "The tabloids found out that you've been in rehab. How do you plan on handling it?" B: "It's just grist for the mill—I'm a changed man now, and that's what I'll tell the media. At least they're writing about me again!"
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grist for the mill

 and grist for someone's mill; grist to the mill
Fig. something useful or needed. Bob bases the novels he writes on his own experience, so everything that happens to him is grist for the mill. Ever since I started making patchwork quilts, every scrap of cloth I find is grist for the mill.
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grist for the mill

Something that can be used to advantage, as in These seemingly useless data will be grist for the mill when he lodges a complaint. This expression alludes to grist, the amount of grain that can be ground at one time. [Late 1500s]
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grist for the mill

BRITISH, AMERICAN or

grist to the mill

BRITISH
COMMON If something is grist for the mill or grist to the mill, you can use it in a particular situation to help you to do something. Celebrity gossip is, of course, grist for the mill as far as the tabloids are concerned. You are, of course, much better at writing songs when you are completely miserable — it gives you so much more grist for the mill. Note: `Grist' was grain that was brought to a windmill or watermill to be ground. Millers needed regular supplies of grain to keep their businesses in operation.
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grist to the mill

experience, material, or knowledge which can be turned to good use.
Grist in the sense of ‘corn that is to be ground’ is now used only in this phrase and in the proverb all is grist that comes to the mill . The word is related to Old Saxon gristgrimmo meaning ‘gnashing of teeth’.
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grist for/to somebody’s ˈmill

(of an experience, a piece of information, etc.) useful to somebody: As a novelist, I feel that any experience, good or bad, is grist to my mill.
Grist is corn that is is ready to be crushed in a mill in order to make flour.
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grist for

(one's)/the mill
Something that can be used to advantage.
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And now Mr Grist has his sights set on improving the school further - with the goal to turn it into an "outstanding" academy when it is next inspected by Ofsted.
Mrs Grist said afterwards: "Shellie was very bubbly and full of life.
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The property is thus a historically important land area only because of its proximity to a historical grist mill and plantation.
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Yet far from constituting a point of real interest, this immediately became just more grist for the rumor mill--an apparent embarrassment to the gallery, who felt it necessary to reassure punters that the Master had put in at least some time on each and every picture.
FOIA requests to federal and state agencies can bring up hot, won't-have-seen-it anywhere-else grist for your FFT issues:
At Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park, it's easy to imagine an era when neighbors shared news while the miller made flour from their grain.
Far from shying away from these things, Kysar implores the preacher to embrace these ambiguities and paradoxes as grist for the preaching mill.
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Atlanta-based CARE USA (Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Every-where) has seen unrestricted donations drop 30 percent compared to the same period last year, said Marilyn Grist, CARE's senior vice president for external affairs for CARE.
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Major General Robin Grist of the Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment was stunned to hear the 'Glorious Glosters' would not have serving personnel commemorating the Battle of Imjin.
The grist is moisturized by exposure to steam before placement into a pellet forming device that applies heat and pressure to the grist.