grain to be ground.
ground grain; meal produced from grinding.
a quantity of grain for grinding at one time; the amount of meal from one grinding.
Older Use. a quantity or lot.
to grind (grain).
Idioms about grist
grist for / to one's mill, something employed to one's profit or advantage, especially something seemingly unpromising: Every delay was so much more grist for her mill.
- grister, noun
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How to use grist in a sentence
The segment, based on a proposal by Seattle’s public school system to integrate ethnic studies into math, served as a good illustration of critical race theory’s potential as grist for programming that strikes a nerve with viewers.Critical race theory is the hottest topic on Fox News. And it’s only getting hotter. | Jeremy Barr | June 24, 2021 | Washington Post
And, again, there is plenty of grist for that mill, given that guidance was later reversed.
It’s got plenty of grist for Washington’s gossip mill — now-it-can-be-told tales and score-settling stories.
The raw little companies that represent the grist that will shape itself into the next set of giants.US seed-stage investing flourished during pandemic | Natasha Mascarenhas | December 24, 2020 | TechCrunch
All of this would seem to be grist for some tough questions in a confirmation hearing.Cotton’s claim that Mayorkas was ‘guilty of selling green cards to Chinese nationals’ | Glenn Kessler | December 11, 2020 | Washington Post
Here they are not merely grist for conversation; they are the most distant extension of American military power.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley | Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman | November 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And in their spare time, those cowpunchers, ranchers, and old rodeo riders will use their experiences as grist for cowboy poetry.After 30 Years of Growth, the Cowboy Poetry Festival Tries to Keep Its Pioneer Spirit | John L. Smith | February 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Likewise, the “triumph” of Kosovo is pure grist from the national security propaganda mill.
David Roberts of grist tweeted Sunday that Ferguson apparently isn't concerned about climate change.
What might sound like grist for late-night comics is, in fact, a serious matter for a reporter.Sheldon Adelson, the Billionaire Who Bankrupted Me | John L. Smith | February 28, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
But men we had known and trails we had followed furnished us plenty of grist for the conversational mill.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
A mill used exclusively for grinding grain for local consumption was called a grist or custom mill.Journal and Letters of Philip Vickers Fithian: A Plantation Tutor of the Old Dominion, 1773-1774. | Philip Vickers Fithian
A portion of the grist was usually allowed the owner for his services.Journal and Letters of Philip Vickers Fithian: A Plantation Tutor of the Old Dominion, 1773-1774. | Philip Vickers Fithian
Saw mills, grist mills, and cotton gins, are either erecting or erected throughout the country.The Indian in his Wigwam | Henry R. Schoolcraft
Verily, the mills of the gods grind slowly, but what a grist they grind!Over the Rocky Mountains to Alaska | Charles Warren Stoddard
British Dictionary definitions for grist
grain intended to be or that has been ground
the quantity of such grain processed in one grinding
brewing malt grains that have been cleaned and cracked
grist to the mill, grist to one's mill, grist for the mill or grist for one's mill anything that can be turned to profit or advantage
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