Brewer's: 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