- Something that can be used to advantage.
- Anything that someone can use profitably.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of grist
- Middle English from Old English grīst ghrendh- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English grist, gryst, from Old English grist, gyrst (“the action of grinding, corn for grinding, gnashing”), from a derivative of Proto-Germanic *gredaną (“to crunch”), from Proto-Indo-European *ghrēu- (“to rub, grind”). Cognate with Old Saxon gristgrimmo (“gnashing of the teeth”), German Griesgram (“a grumbler, a grouch, peevishness, misery”), Old English gristel (“gristle”). More at gristle.