grist to the mill


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grist to the mill

Useful in a particular situation. If my detractors hear about this blunder, it will just be grist to the mill.
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grist to the mill

experience, material, or knowledge which can be turned to good use.
Grist in the sense of ‘corn that is to be ground’ is now used only in this phrase and in the proverb all is grist that comes to the mill . The word is related to Old Saxon gristgrimmo meaning ‘gnashing of teeth’.
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But although not carrying the same sort of prestige in the greyhound world, the double is grist to the mill for this hugely successful dam line, whose members include Dee Lady's half-brother He Knows (Slaneyside Hare-I Know You) and I Know You's litter-brother Ballinderry Ash.
Unfortunately, such expeditions as the one about to be undertaken by the French only adds grist to the mill for club chairmen who are looking to palm off all insurance costs onto football associations.
The dual aim of the visit was to persuade Israel to adopt a responsible attitude in the continuation of the peace process (offering in exchange permission for the country to take part in the EU's 5th Framework Programme of R & D), and to sound out Mr Arafat on his willingness to refrain from making a unilateral declaration of independence, on May 4, (so as to avoid an escalation in tension that would be grist to the mill of the peace process opponents shortly before the Israeli general election on May 17).
All grist to the mill of those arguing for the UK to leave the EU.
THE fact Cardiff Bay is talking about possible reforms to the way the National Assembly is being elected will be further grist to the mill for those who think it's obsessed with navel-gazing - but it doesn't mean its repercussions aren't important.
From a mortgage perspective this is just more grist to the mill of keeping interest rates low.
The city's impersonality matched with its inspiring architecture, lends more grist to the mill.
With publishers' marketing machines so geared up to every opportunity, even the most incomprehensible lout from Big Brother was grist to the mill and the prime point of sale was Christmas.
Grist to the mill of all critics who say they have yet to prove they can do it in the biggest of games.
There will undoubtedly be more challenges along the way when we get into the detailed design, but it is grist to the mill for us.
More grist to the mill of those who argue that there are far too many comedians in Edinburgh these days.
A LESS inspiring event than a maiden competition is hard to envisage, but the pounds 500 showpiece of Walthamstow's Golden Jubilee card was grist to the mill for the connections of Blonde Bandit, who scored in good style when making all in 29.
Behind the 400 "action points" in the manifesto - grist to the mill for political anoraks, but for nobody else - is Labour's understanding that job prospects, for themselves and their children, are the overriding concern of mostWelsh voters.
Nonetheless, Carson Yeung's contacts across the other side of the world, and football ambassadors like Steve McMananman and Christian Karembeu tied to him, meant more grist to the mill.
All grist to the mill for the choir which can now count Brian Eno (who notably produces recordings forU2) as one of their fans.