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grist

[grist] /grɪst/
noun
1.
grain to be ground.
2.
ground grain; meal produced from grinding.
3.
a quantity of grain for grinding at one time; the amount of meal from one grinding.
4.
Older Use. a quantity or lot.
verb (used with object)
5.
to grind (grain).
Idioms
6.
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
1000
before 1000; Middle English, Old English; akin to Old English grindan to grind
Related forms
grister, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for grist for her mill

grist

/ɡrɪst/
noun
1.
  1. grain intended to be or that has been ground
  2. the quantity of such grain processed in one grinding
2.
(brewing) malt grains that have been cleaned and cracked
3.
grist to the mill, grist to one's mill, grist for the mill, grist for one's mill, anything that can be turned to profit or advantage
Word Origin
Old English grīst; related to Old Saxon grist-grimmo gnashing of teeth, Old High German grist-grimmōn
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Word Origin and History for grist for her mill

grist

n.

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.

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