grist for the mill
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- (idiomatic) 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.
- Often found in the expression it's all grist for the mill and variations thereof.
(idiomatic) Something that is useful or that creates a favorable opportunity