Jewish lightning

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Jewish lightning (uncountable)

  1. (offensive) Supposed cause of a fire which is in fact deliberately lit by the property owner in order to benefit from insurance or similar such as destruction of documents.
    1996, The insurance companies, many of which were Jewish, referred to "Jewish lightning" when unfortunate fires burned down warehouses in the East End.John le Carré, interviewed at salon.com