From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Grist \Grist\, n. [AS. grist, fr. grindan. See Grind.]
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   1. Ground corn; that which is ground at one time; as much
      grain as is carried to the mill at one time, or the meal
      it produces.
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            Get grist to the mill to have plenty in store.
                                                  --Tusser. Q.
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   2. Supply; provision. --Swift.
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   3. In rope making, a given size of rope, common grist being a
      rope three inches in circumference, with twenty yarns in
      each of the three strands. --Knight.
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   All is grist that comes to his mill, all that he has
      anything to do with is a source of profit. [Colloq.]

   To bring grist to the maill, to bring profitable business
      into one's hands; to be a source of profit. [Colloq.]
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