Grist meaning

grĭst
Grain or a quantity of grain for grinding.
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Ground grain.
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Grain that is to be or has been ground; esp., a batch of such grain.
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Grain that is to be ground in a mill.
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(ropemaking) A given size of rope, common grist being a rope three inches in circumference, with twenty yarns in each of the three strands.

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grist for (one's)
  • Something that can be used to advantage.
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grist to someone's mill
  • Anything that someone can use profitably.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

grist for (one's)
grist to someone's mill

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.

    From Wiktionary