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!"
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
References in classic literature ?
Still, it was all grist to his mill. The stock gamblers were clearly befooled.
What bin Laden would have made of Whitney's sudden death - grist to his mill or tears on the pillow - will never be known.
His reach is broad: India (where he had lived) art music and the contexts of literary creation all are grist to his mill. This book is worth a dozen Comp.
He is a great talker, a charming and incurable optimist, and everything is grist to his mill. Countless alibis prop up the work, some of which defy comprehension.
His reach is broad: India (where he had lived), art, music, and the contexts of literary creation all are grist to his mill. This book is worth a dozen Comp.