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!"
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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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In this respect, events in Trinidad were grist to their mill.
Every vote for them boosts their call for it and in order to prove we are different to the rest of the UK they have to convert as many as possible to, as you put it, "daffodil chewing, Welsh speaking elite", so your vote is just grist to their mill.
Musically and lyrically somewhere between XTC and the Gang Of Four, the peril of moving to a high-crime neighbourhood gives considerable grist to their mill.
Old adverts, TV themes and radio shows are all grist to their mill.
Adding grist to their mill, I hope, is the Russian who clambered around the security systems of the Channel Tunnel - and spent last Monday walking from one end to the other.
Putting the squeeze on working capital - emptying the warehouse, chasing debtors, slowing payments to creditors - is grist to their mill.