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grist

[grist]
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:
before 1000; Middle English, Old English; akin to Old English grindan to grind

grister, noun
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grist (ɡrɪst)
 
n
1.  a.  grain intended to be or that has been ground
 b.  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
 
[Old English grīst; related to Old Saxon grist-grimmo gnashing of teeth, Old High German grist-grimmōn]

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grist
O.E. grist "action of grinding, grain to be ground," perhaps related to grindan "to grind" (see grind). Meaning "wheat which is to be ground" is c.1430; the figurative extension from this sense is from the same date.
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