WORD ORIGIN | IDIOMS noun 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. Idioms 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. Origin of grist before 1000; Middle English, Old English;
Old English grindan
grind Related forms grist·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for grister noun 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 Word Origin for grist
grīst; related to Old Saxon grist-grimmo gnashing of teeth, Old High German grist-grimmōn
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Word Origin and History for grister n.
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.
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