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A quick and usually ineffective solution to a problem that only addresses the symptom and not the root cause. Refers to the trademark for a brand of adhesive bandages. Primarily heard in US. Lowering educational standards in schools may increase graduation rates, but it does little more than slap a Band-Aid on a much deeper problem.

aid and abet

To assist someone, usually in a mischievous or illegal activity. Gary was arrested and charged with aiding and abetting the jewelry thief. I know other kids aided and abetted Paul in egging our house—he's just the only one who got caught.
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aid and abet someone

Cliché to help someone; to incite someone to do something, possibly something that is wrong. (Originally a legal phrase.) He was scolded for aiding and abetting the boys who were fighting.
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The first panel of the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt is created.
In March in New York City the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power holds its first protest.
Today, AIDS has moved heavily into communities of color, where discussions about sex among men are especially difficult to have, said Craig E.
And this is indeed what we are witnessing with the AIDS crisis.
1959: The first proven AIDS death in Africa occurred when a man with HIV-1 found in blood samples died in the Congo.
Brechtl: There really have been minimal problems at TCCHCC regarding non-AIDS residents' reaction to the presence of AIDS patients.
Across the region, AIDS has reduced life expectancy to levels not seen since the 1800s.
In March this year, Sibambene, an AIDS and orphan organization run by the Catholic diocese of Bulawayo became a casualty of the new law.
XVI International AIDS Conference, August 13-18, 2006 in Toronto, Canada, http://www.
The aWake Project: Uniting Against the African AIDS Crisis Edited by Jenny Eaton and Kate Etue W Publishing Group, October 2002 $14.
The practical importance of accurate AIDS information is that it allows individuals to assess their own personal risk and allows those with high risk behaviors the opportunity to label such activity as problematic (Morin, 1988).
The prevalence of extreme attitudes toward people with AIDS decreased significantly throughout the decade: Some 29-34% of respondents endorsed the segregation or public naming of people with AIDS in 1991, whereas 12-16% did so in 1999.
The numbers beat out a dirge: Twenty-two million people to date worldwide have died from AIDS.
She will spend the rest of her life worrying that the virus would develop into life-threatening AIDS - that any cough, sneeze, rash or flu would, in fact, indicate AIDS and perhaps the beginning of the end of her life.
Various domains shape the construction of HIV/ AIDS as chronic disease, including the political, social, economic, legal, philosophical, psychological, religious, and spiritual ramifications associated with the illness.