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abet (someone) in

To help someone in an activity, usually an illegal one. If you drove the robber's getaway car, then you abetted him in a crime! Everyone thinks you abetted Connie in starting this rumor.
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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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abet someone in something

to help someone in some deed; to help someone do something illegal. Surely you do not expect me to abet you in this crime!
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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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For more than two decades, beginning with the Comprehensive Asset Forfeiture Act of 1984, Washington has abetted confiscation of private property.
Edward sets out to steal the tuition from his father, aided and abetted by a brace of wacky friends who'll strike a reminiscent chord in anybody who ever loved (and hated) high-school drama club.
Joe Lieberman calls the Democratic candidates who oppose the war in Iraq "extremists" It seems to me that the real extremists are the top officials of the Bush administration who repeatedly exaggerated the need for the war to the point of outright lying, and the legislators like Lieberman who aided and abetted them.
The Italian Fascists did not take political power in an electoral campaign that won the 'hearts and minds' of a broad and free 'mass base,' but in a violent struggle in the streets, aided and abetted by the propertied class and state authorities.
the aforementioned infidel dogs have been significantly aided and abetted by a treacherous cabal of traitors to Islam.
Following an independent review, the NAC reversed the prior Hearing Panel's dismissal of the allegations that Perles and Geller aided and abetted a manipulation.
5 billion to UCAR, arguing they aided and abetted those price-fixing activities that later led to UCAR paying $110 million in fines.
Abetted by poor sanitation and overcrowding, resistant strains spread quickly Among those at risk are international travelers.
The investors claimed BMC aided and abetted Pavilion's alleged securities fraud and were negligent in providing services to Pavilion.
Given the substantial business transacted at and through Commerce and the long relationship Gordon had with Commerce and its officers, and its employee's specific involvement in the scheme, the lawsuit alleges Commerce knew of the schemes and aided and abetted those schemes.
policy is that we aided and abetted Saddam's regime prior to the Gulf War (see "Building the Beast of Baghdad" in our October 21st issue).
Abetted by a "dope, guns, fucking in the streets" chorus (based on the MC5's philosophy), the song deals a crushing blow.
Andrade was charged with failing to keep records on dangerous drugs and, because he allegedly aided and abetted Flores, he faces the same charges of practicing without a medical license, De La Rosa said.
Kibart disbursed the $400,000 without the required approval of the bank's executive committee, then later aided and abetted the submission of a loan application which failed to disclose that the true purpose of the loan was to purchase Kibart's property, and that the loan had been disbursed without executive committee approval.
that the Norfolk-based public accounting firm Goodman & Company aided and abetted a breach of fiduciary duty by Goodman's client, Telos Corporation (Other OTC:TLSRP.