grist for the mill
Something that can be used to advantage, as in These seemingly useless data will be grist for the mill when he lodges a complaint. This expression alludes to grist, the amount of grain that can be ground at one time. [Late 1500s]
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The “doctorate” Duke claims is from an anti-Semitic Ukranian “diploma mill” as described by the State Department.
There was no mistaking this for the gaudiness and gilt of made-for-TV awards shows.
Sleek finds it far harder work than fortune-making; but he pursues his Will-o'-the-Wisp with untiring energy.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
But men we had known and trails we had followed furnished us plenty of grist for the conversational mill.
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Sounds rotten, but that's their style; and you've been through the mill at home enough to know what it is to be knifed socially.
Along in the afternoon Porter's force was located near Moore's Mill, about four miles distant.The Courier of the Ozarks|Byron A. Dunn