What might sound like grist for late-night comics is, in fact, a serious matter for a reporter.
One could not help but applaud, even if the goal was grist to the glory-mill of the Dear Leader.
David Roberts of grist tweeted Sunday that Ferguson apparently isn't concerned about climate change.
From the dawning of silent films, moviemakers have turned to books for grist.
Procedural mistakes and denials like the one today will be the grist for these appeals.
She was carrying a grist of co'n down to the mill in her father's ox cart.
If I were a novelist now all this would be grist for my mill.
Its sails were moving slowly round, but their tattered condition showed that but a small amount of grist was ground within.
Verily, the mills of the gods grind slowly, but what a grist they grind!
But he was wont to growl out, “The wind is sure to drop when I have most grist to grind—just to spite me.”
Old English grist "action of grinding, grain to be ground," perhaps related to grindan "to grind" (see grind), though OED calls the connection "difficult." Meaning "wheat which is to be ground" is early 15c.; the figurative extension from this sense is from the same date.