grist for the mill

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grist for the mill (uncountable)

  1. (idiomatic, chiefly US) Something that is useful or that creates a favorable opportunity.
    • 2003, Peter Lefcourt, The deal : a novel of Hollywood:
      They were sitting across from each other at the bar as Lionel described his odyssey across the country in a Trailways bus, gathering material, as he put it. It was all grist for the mill, life real and raw out there west of New Jersey.

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  • Often found in the expression it's all grist for the mill and variations thereof.

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