One could not help but applaud, even if the goal was grist to the glory-mill of the Dear Leader.
Procedural mistakes and denials like the one today will be the grist for these appeals.
David Roberts of grist tweeted Sunday that Ferguson apparently isn't concerned about climate change.
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.