\ 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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Every check-in, every hashtag, every comment is more grist for the mill. USA TODAY, "Is Facebook listening to me? Why those ads appear after you talk about things," 27 June 2019 As well, a video examining its hull became the grist for dozens of reports by satellite news broadcasters across the region. Nabih Bulos,, "Libya’s two wars: One on the battlefield and one on Facebook," 17 June 2019 Motorists or bikers can pick up a self-guide tour book at the orientation shelter near the drive entrance and follow the 11-mile loop road to historic structures like the grist mill, three old churches, and bygone homes like Tipton Place. Joe Yogerst, National Geographic, "Everything to know about Great Smoky Mountains National Park," 28 Mar. 2019 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,, "'John Ashbery: They Knew What They Wanted' celebrates a poet and collagist who understood the value of fun," 9 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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