grist for (one's) mill

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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!"
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.
See also: grist, mill
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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.
because that's grist for my mill - the city mouse and the country mouse.
She doesn't have fusion as a goal but says that "everything I see, read, feel, becomes grist for my mill.