\ 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 news was sensational grist for conspiracy theorists and far-right pundits, who leapt to Twitter to suggest that Esptein’s injuries might somehow be linked to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. NBC News, "An old Hillary Clinton conspiracy theory finds new life in Jeffrey Epstein news," 25 July 2019 Her later life, too, was grist for this poet of remembrance. Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, "Rediscovering Natalia Ginzburg," 22 July 2019 That process only provides grist for vested interests, which can be depended on to cherry-pick details that are hardest for laypersons to understand and paint them as threats to their well-being. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Vested interests are already mounting dishonest attacks on ‘Medicare for all’," 1 Aug. 2019 There is plenty of grist here for diehard Eck-ophiles. Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, "Decades later Kirk Gibson apologizes to Dennis Eckersley, and here’s why," 18 July 2019 Compared with other area grist mills, Gray’s is a small operation. Loren King,, "At Gray’s Grist Mill, they’re feeding tradition," 10 July 2019 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

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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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to make a temporary encampment

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