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Re: Gris to the mill

Posted by SR on June 10, 2004

In Reply to: Gris to the mill posted by Mike Hands on June 10, 2004

: I have heard the phrase "gris to the mill" hundreds of times in the West Midlands. My understanding is that it means 'more evidence' or 'something else that helps' or something like that.
: Does anyone know where the phrase comes from? I guess it originated in the northern mills, but it would be great to know the real origin of the phrase.
: from the archives...
: Meaning: Every little helps to move toward a conclusion. Origin: Grist was the abrasive grit which was added to wheat when it was ground between grinding stones to help the flour grind more quickly.