\ˈgrist \

Definition of grist 

1a : grain or a batch of grain for grinding

b : the product obtained from a grist of grain including the flour or meal and the grain offals

2 : a required or usual amount

3 : matter of interest or value forming the basis of a story or analysis

4 : something turned to advantage or use used especially in the phrase grist for one's mill

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Comics, fairgrounds, movies, famous paintings, parks, forests, knickknacks, gardens, childhood — all are grist for the Ashberian smoothie. Michael Robbins,, "'John Ashbery: They Knew What They Wanted' celebrates a poet and collagist who understood the value of fun," 9 May 2018 In fact, with the Warriors still in tact for the foreseeable future, LeBron may fall short during his L.A. stay, giving grist to the pundits who knock him for only winning three titles, as opposed to Michael Jordan’s six. Sean Gregory, Time, "LeBron James' Move to L.A. Will Lift the NBA," 2 July 2018 Consequently, subsequent snowflakes start out with new group traits—in the size and number of cells or the frequency and locations of suicide cells, for example—that become grist for further evolution. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "The momentous transition to multicellular life may not have been so hard after all," 28 June 2018 His work at Aldeburgh provided further grist for critics who viewed him as a successor to Britten, who co-founded the festival and gave Mr. Knussen his first commission. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Oliver Knussen, influential composer of ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ opera, dies at 66," 12 July 2018 Patrons still take a bridge over water to get in the former grist mill. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Rebellion Brewing opens its doors in Cedarburg, in the former Silver Creek Brewing space," 10 July 2018 The base desires of assassins, thieves, and gangsters are yesterday’s news, their gun-toting antics mere grist for the story mill. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Hotel Artemis Wastes Its Cult-Classic Potential," 8 June 2018 In a joke that’s sure to provide grist for his critics, the mayor Thursday offered a couple alternatives to fighting against headwinds from Washington, D.C., to enact policies beneficial to the city. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Morning Spin: Day after Supreme Court news, Emanuel jokes he'd 'like to pull out of this one nation and one state'," 29 June 2018 It was founded in 1772 at the site of a grist mill and sits along the banks of the Tiber and Patapsco rivers. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "‘Are we going to die?’ a caller asks a 911 dispatcher amid Ellicott City flooding," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of grist

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for grist

Middle English, from Old English grīst; akin to Old English grindan to grind

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: grain to be ground or that is already ground

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