grist for one's/the mill

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of grist for one's/the mill

US
:something that can be used for a particular purpose
  • Now that he's a writer, he regards his difficult childhood experiences as grist for the mill.

Word by Word Definitions

grist play
  1. : grain or a batch of grain for grinding

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

  3. : a required or usual amount

mill play
  1. : a building provided with machinery for grinding grain into flour

  2. : a machine or apparatus (such as a quern) for grinding grain

  3. : a machine for crushing or comminuting

  1. : to subject to an operation or process in a mill: such as

  2. : to grind into flour, meal, or powder

  3. : to shape or dress by means of a rotary cutter

  1. : a money of account equal to ¹/₁₀ cent

  1. : variant spelling of mil:2

  2. : a million dollars


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