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 leveller arrived 10 minutes into the second half when Kai Edwards and Chris Davies combined nicely down the right and the latter was brought down by Grist for a clear penalty.
The women -- Blanchard's girlfriend, Kay (a too-young Scarlett Johansson playing dress-up), the lecherous seductress Madeleine (Hilary Swank) and, of course, the Dahlia herself, Elizabeth Short (Mia Kirshner) -- are grist for the Dream Factory.
But suddenly the game turned and Scholes midfielders Marcus Newby and Jordan Crampton went on a series of raids which led to Liam Mite drilling the ball past Grist for the opening goal.
Mayhem and merriment rule, along with endless cinematic trivia, and all this provides reader Sullivan with grist for his narrative mill.
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:
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.