grist for

grist for

(one's)/the mill
Something that can be used to advantage.
See also: grist
References in classic literature ?
Surely the time was gone forever when the broad river could bring up unwelcome ships; Russia was only the place where the linseed came from,--the more the better,--making grist for the great vertical millstones with their scythe-like arms, roaring and grinding and carefully sweeping as if an informing soul were in them.
The remaining canvases were more uneven, offering grist for the pessimists: passages of bleachy color, strokes that seemed disconnected or glibly anchored to one another, and above all, the use of white as a straightforward background.
Far from shying away from these things, Kysar implores the preacher to embrace these ambiguities and paradoxes as grist for the preaching mill.
I have long advocated a whole-grain-rye-based diet instead of wheat-based, and the "large amounts of lignans" in rye gives more (if surprising) grist for my mill.
Confusing rules, staff downsizings, facilities unwittingly losing thousands of dollars a week, patients at risk for denial of care, the looming threat of federal prosecution for mistakes - this is all grist for the journalistic mill.
Any excess or unnecessary wording is grist for an attorney's mill.
The miscellany of diary entries, lecture notes, exams, briefs and even rejection letters are grist for her mill.
The murder of Carlo Tresca will continue to provide conspiracy theorists with lent of grist for their mills.
The company focuses on securing the unfiltered, validated data that is the grist for improved business performance.
It's common for singers to point to real-life trials as the inspiration for their songs, but Tret Fure might have wished for a little less grist for the mill.
As Doris Kearns Goodwin's The Kennedys and the Fitzgeralds so brilliantly demonstrated last spring, there is abundant grist for the trover's craft in the stories of Boston politics.
And District Attorney Steve Cooley has yet more grist for his inquiry into possible wrongdoing in city government.
Neel objected to depersonalizing a human subject, using it merely as grist for the artistic mill, treating it simply as one element in a composition.
Anything can be grist for political mud, but the Tournament of Roses seems unlikely material.
That does not mean, however, that members of Congress should treat the report on President Clinton by Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr as simply more grist for the political mill.