grist for the mill

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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]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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