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Raise the Wind

To obtain ready money by hook or crook. A sea phrase. What wind is to a ship, money is to commerce.

Ive tried queer ways
The wind to raise,
But ne'er had such a blow.

Judy (My Lost Dog), Mar. 27, 1889.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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