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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. Yeah, I'm her boyfriend, but I didn't abet her in this robbery! Who do you think reported her to the police?
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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. If you drove the getaway car, then you aided and abetted the robber in a crime!
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

aid and abet

If someone aids and abets another person, they help or encourage them to do something criminal or wrong. His wife was sentenced to seven years imprisonment for aiding and abetting him. Note: This expression is often used in legal contexts.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

aid and abet

help and encourage someone to do something wrong, especially to commit a crime.
Abet comes from an Old French term meaning ‘to encourage a hound to bite’.
1986 Frank Peretti This Present Darkness She strained to think of…any friend who would still aid and abet a fugitive from the law, without questions.
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

aid and abet, to

To assist and promote or encourage something or someone. The pairing of these nearly synonymous verbs, always in this order, comes from criminal law, where it denotes helping, facilitating and promoting the commission of a crime. The verbs themselves are quite old, aid dating from about 1400 and abet from about 1300. Although the term still is principally used in relation to criminal actions, it gradually crept into more general speech, as in “The influx of Canada geese on the golf course, aided and abetted by people feeding them . . .”
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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Of note, there is not a programming / applications development required course in IS2010, and because most academic programs require at least 120 credits--with the assumption that courses are three credits each "one year" is interpreted by ABET as thirty credits whereas IS2010 would normally be implemented in seven courses (or 21 credits).
A sample of 20 of these universities, by selecting every twelfth university listed by ISWorld, were selected to compare with the 23 ABET accredited IS programs.
Work begins with the receipt of a self-study report, submitted to ABET by an accreditation-seeking program.
To determine the direction technical communication may take, we should first understand the current transformations affecting engineering, particularly the impact of ABET's EC 2000 on engineering education.
ABET, which was founded by the EngineersaACAO Council for Professional Development (ECPD) in 1932, has come to be recognized as a worldwide leader in the accreditation of programs through a rigorous review process, to assure quality and stimulate innovation in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology education.
During his stay, Professor Al-Holou conducted a workshop on international accreditation processes in general and ABET accreditation in particular.
ABET says that the study establishes a baseline for future assessments and provides information to help mold future accreditation policies.
Nearly all of ABET's accreditation activities are carried out by volunteers--more than 1,000 volunteers, in fact, participate in the accreditation process annually.
City resident Kathy Martone, who owed $85 in parking tickets, had her car swiped out of her driveway by police who identified it using a handheld camera equipped with Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology, which ironically was originally developed to recognize stolen vehicles, rather than to abet car theft under color of law.
That's why scientists had expected that bisphenol-A (BPA), an estrogen-mimicking ingredient of polycarbonate plastics and dental sealants, might also abet lupus.
"We will not aid and abet child pornographers by publicizing their illegal Web sites," Fisher's spokesman told the Associated Press.
This assessment has become more immediate for many educators because of ABET 2000 (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology), a comprehensive revamping of the way engineering programs are accredited.
As stated in Hooks, "to aid and abet another to commit a crime it is necessary that a defendant in some sort associate himself with the venture, that he participate in it as in something that he wishes to bring about, and that he seek by his action to make it succeed."(4)
Central Bank pointed out in this case that in 1957, 1959 and 1960, before the aiding and abetting private right of action was implied, bills were introduced to make it unlawful "to aid, abet, counsel, command, induce or procure the violation of any provision" of the 1934 act, but, as Central Bank put it, the bills prompted "industry fears that private litigators, not only the SEC, may find in this section a vehicle by which to sue aiders and abettors." The legislation failed.(31)
Abu Dhabi University's College of Engineering received international accreditation from the world-renowned Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) after its success in passing international standards and procedures for ensuring quality education, curricula, learning outcomes and a high calibre of graduates.