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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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On May 14, police chargesheeted Tharoor under sections 306 and 498A of the Indian Penal Code, pertaining to abetment to suicide and cruelty to wife, which entails a jail term that could extend up to 10 years.
"We will take appropriate action," Hooda said here when asked for his reaction on the abetment to suicide case against Gopal Kanda, the owner of the airline and Minister of State for Home Affairs in the Haryana government.
"The ASI Nasib Singh, who was dismissed from service on Thursday and was on Friday booked for abetment to suicide of the gangrape victim, has been arrested," PTI (http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/patiala-gangrape-victim-punjab-police-asi-arrested/1/240039.html) quoted IG Patiala Zone PS Gill as saying on Saturday.
The Federal Investigation Agency had booked Mr Jillani in a case registered under Sections 500 (punishment for defamation), 109 (abetment) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code read with Sections 10(a) (cyber terrorism), 11 (hate speech) and 20 (offences against dignity of a natural person) of the Pakistan Electronic Crimes Act, 2016, on a complaint filed by Moulvi Iqbal Haider.
In a fit of grudge, Shahid with the abetment of Mohammad Amir, Iqbal and Ansar stabbed to death Yasir Sultan and fled.In another incident, Khalid Hattar of Ganj Mandi Bhera shot dead his mother-in-law Balqees Bibi over family disputes.The bodies were handed over to the heirs after medical formalities.
His daughter Maryam Nawaz has been sentenced to seven years imprisonment for abetment, and one year for non-cooperation with the anti-graft authority.
No one who knew Sunanda believes she would ever have committed suicide, let alone abetment on my part.
The case was registered at Sachal police station under sections 302 (premeditated murder, 365 (Kidnapping or abducting with intent secretly and wrongfully to confine person), 344 (wrongful confinement for ten or more days), 109 (punishment of abetment if the Act abetted committed inconsequence and where no express provision is made for its punishment) and 34 (common intention of the Pakistan Penal Code read with Section 7 of the AntiTerrorism Act, 1997
It was understood she is being detained for abetment as she did not report the alleged abuse although she was aware of it.
THE Delhi Police has arrested a senior doctor working at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences ( AIIMS) in New Delhi on abetment to suicide charges after the body of his wife was found at a hotel in the city on Saturday.
The judge also charged former DSP Qamar Shaikh and policemen Mohammad Anar, Faisal Mehmood, Shakeel Feroze and Khair Mohammad for being present on Jan 12, 2018 between 3pm to 3.20pm inside an abandoned poultry farm in Usman Khaskheli Goth along with the absconding accused and, with abetment of Rao Anwar, murdering Naqeeb, Mohammad Ishaque, Nazar Jan and Mohammad Sabir by causing firearm injuries 'in a fake encounter', thereby creating a sense of fear and insecurity in the society, which is punishable under Sections 302 (premeditated murder), 114 (abettor present when offence is committed), 109 (abetment) and 34 of the PPC read with Section 7 of the ATA.
On demanding, Khalil, with the abetment of Sultan, Ismail, Yousaf and Abdul Shakoor attacked the home of Abdul Aziz and killed his son Mohammad Bilal and injured Imran and a woman Ayesha with the blow of axe.
"No one, who knew Sunanda, believes she would ever have committed suicide, let alone abetment on my part."
It is pertinent to mention here that encroachment on the city roads has been multiplied due to the collusion of a mafia with the abetment of some corrupt officials of the MC Hafizabad.
It is two years when former air hostess of defunct MDLR Airlines Gitika Sharma committed a suicide and accused MD of the defunct airlines Gopal Kanda for abetment to suicide and sexual harassment.