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It is easier to raise the Devil than to lay him proverbial saying, mid 17th century, sometimes used to mean that it is easier to start a process than to stop it.

raise the wind procure money for a purpose; the wind is considered here as motive power. In medieval times spirits or witches were commonly thought to be capable of causing winds to blow to help or hinder shipping; the figurative use of this phrase is much later (late 18th century).

See also raise Cain.

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