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!"
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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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Journalists will go on debating what should and should not be grist for their mill. Standards will continue to vary enough so that there will be no clear "statute of limitations," no bright line dividing the areas of her life a politician will and won't be seeing on the evening news.
Fans of Artaud will find rather little grist for their mills, but fans of Verheggen will find lots.
That's fortunate for Sunstein's profession: Law reviews and law books alike find the expansiveness of judges' writings great grist for their mills. And if that expansiveness includes some purple prose and some ad hominem comments about a fellow jurist, so much the better.
In this detailed demographic study of Edinburgh in the 1690s, Helen Dingwall provides historians of the early modern town, and social historians in general, with a great deal of fresh grist for their mills. The book has nine chapters in three sections.
The murder of Carlo Tresca will continue to provide conspiracy theorists with lent of grist for their mills.