To raise the wind

to procure ready money by some temporary expedient.
to procure money.

See also: Raise, Wind

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
Whatever some people may think, I am very certain it is in the power of witches to raise the wind whenever they please.
As it was, our bonnets were so unbecoming, and the mills were so occupied in trying to raise the wind, that I never had even a flirtation with anybody.
There is the sailor Edward Robarts, the first of the beachcombers who would have a 'royal bride', umpteen adventures as a various go-between, and who would eventually write his narrative--'anything to raise the wind for an honest morsel', as a sailor would say.