grist for the mill

grist for the 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 the 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 the mill

 and grist for someone's mill; grist to the mill
Fig. something useful or needed. Bob bases the novels he writes on his own experience, so everything that happens to him is grist for the mill. Ever since I started making patchwork quilts, every scrap of cloth I find is grist for the mill.
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grist for the mill

Something that can be used to advantage, as in These seemingly useless data will be grist for the mill when he lodges a complaint. This expression alludes to grist, the amount of grain that can be ground at one time. [Late 1500s]
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grist for the mill

BRITISH, AMERICAN or

grist to the mill

BRITISH
COMMON If something is grist for the mill or grist to the mill, you can use it in a particular situation to help you to do something. Celebrity gossip is, of course, grist for the mill as far as the tabloids are concerned. You are, of course, much better at writing songs when you are completely miserable — it gives you so much more grist for the mill. Note: `Grist' was grain that was brought to a windmill or watermill to be ground. Millers needed regular supplies of grain to keep their businesses in operation.
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grist for the mill, that's

That’s something useful, of which advantage can be taken. This metaphor refers to grist, the amount of grain to be ground at one time. It has been used figuratively since the sixteenth century. Arthur Golding, translator of Calvin’s theological writings, wrote, “There is no lykelihoode that those thinges will bring gryst to the mill” (1583). It was surely a cliché by the time Dickens wrote, “Meantime the fools bring grist to my mill, so let them live out their day” (Nicholas Nickleby, 1838).
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"This debate was grist for the mill of the AfD," Altmaier said.
Given the affinities between this psychedelic work and the commercial illustration of the era, one might see Motonaga's compositions as a kind of Pop; but, as critic Tomohiko Murakami argues in his catalogue essay, such a label is misleading, for Motonaga is taking mass culture not as a subject--as a thing to be parodied or critiqued--but rather as a kind of grist for the mill, the raw material for a new language of painting.
Local historian Peter Forrest was sceptical Portuguese explorers reached Northern Australia in the 1500s, but if the find was a genuine swivel gun from that period it would be grist for the mill for people that believed the theory, he said.
The dislocations marking Cairo since the Sadat years - when the state abandoned Nasserism in favor of the market and peace with Israel - have provided no small amount of grist for the mill of independently minded Egyptian cinema.
All of that is grist for the mill of countless business newsletters.
91) that Xerxes' failed invasion of Greece is attributable more to Persian mistakes than to Greek facility offers much grist for the mill. This work joins the serious works on Achaemenid history that scholars must consult.
An intensive two-week workshop with director Marcus Stern, writer Jonathan Marc Sherman and a group of actors provided what Palmer calls "grist for the mill." The show is essentially a Dolls concert in which songs blend into hyper-surreal scenes.
In addition, this issue is filled with more grist for the mill: acclaimed local author MariJo Moore writes about ritual and nature, Juliet Blankespoor helps us to detox, Nikki Solomon demystifies wild yam, and Lauri Newman and Donita Allen help us create a beautiful spiral herb garden.
new grist for the mill. But remember to be nice to the new residents, as they will have a clear shot at you some evening in late June of their senior year.
Even a recent gig as performer on an Olivia cruise provided her with grist for the mill. "I had a big crush on someone, and it didn't really pan out," she recalls, laughing.
How we voted in the election is another angle, and data from exit polls are grist for the mill.
There's so much grist for the mill in the Gospel lesson, have you ever reflected with your congregation on Daniel or Ephesians?
It challenges the way we plan and train, and it certainly provides grist for the mill of doctrine development--while pointing out, yet again, that this is not the foe our parents and grandparents faced.
So everything that we are living with, around and through is potentially grist for the mill. Theory and my poetry share a link in that I tend to write about things that I'm trying to figure out, things that don't make sense to me in some way--and this shares with theory the desire to make meaning.