grist

noun
\ ˈgrist How to pronounce grist (audio) \

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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The bruising conclusions provide grist both to Trump, who has been engaged in a running feud with Comey over the Russia investigation, and to Democrats, who accuse Comey of effectively throwing the election to Trump. Eric Lichtblau, Time, "Here's Why the Inspector General's Report Was Such a Blow to James Comey," 14 June 2018 But the recent increase in homicides is new grist for civic leaders already frustrated that the symbols of change evident in many District neighborhoods — new housing, restaurants, and places to shop — elude their own. Paul Schwartzman, Washington Post, "The story must be told.," 16 June 2018 Comedians turned advertisers — and the denizens of Madison Avenue who worked for those brands — into grist for their mills. New York Times, "They’re Not ‘Mad Men’ Anymore. But the Ad Business Is Still High Stakes.," 5 June 2018 In each of his three previous unsuccessful statewide runs for governor and Senate, opponents have found grist for attacks in his business dealings. Jim Brunner, The Seattle Times, "Dino Rossi has done well in real estate, but his work is also fodder for campaign opponents," 16 Oct. 2018 Comics, fairgrounds, movies, famous paintings, parks, forests, knickknacks, gardens, childhood — all are grist for the Ashberian smoothie. Michael Robbins, chicagotribune.com, "'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

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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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grist

noun
\ ˈgrist How to pronounce grist (audio) \

Kids Definition of grist

: grain to be ground or that is already ground

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