grist to (one's) mill

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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!"
See also: grist, mill

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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What bin Laden would have made of Whitney's sudden death - grist to his mill or tears on the pillow - will never be known.
His reach is broad: India (where he had lived) art music and the contexts of literary creation all are grist to his mill.
The sex life of apes, schizophrenia, psychoanalysis, homosexuality, and parenting are all grist to his mill.
He is a great talker, a charming and incurable optimist, and everything is grist to his mill.
His reach is broad: India (where he had lived), art, music, and the contexts of literary creation all are grist to his mill.