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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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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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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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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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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 husband of Assamese actress Bidisha Bezbaruah, who allegedly committed suicide in Gurugram, Haryana on Monday, has been booked for abetment, a police officer said on Tuesday.
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.
Section 109 of PPC refers to punishment of abetment i.
Tenders are invited for Supplying Laboratory Equipment For Water Quality Monitoring Laboratory At Gavier Stp Under Pollution Abetment Of Mindhola River, Nrcp
Pedapalle police has registered a case of abetment to suicide against the school management.
The court also ordered support to Santhara by any person punishable as abetment under Section 306 of the IPC.
GUJRAT -- A senior official of the audit section in the district accounts office has been dismissed from service for negligence and abetment in embezzlement of Rs16.
KARACHI -- Justice Arshid Hussain of Sindh High Court (SHC) has refused to hear bail plea of Dr Asim Hussain, Anis Qaim Khawani, Rauf Siddiqui and Qadir Patel in terrorists abetment case.
During the course of proceedings, Mansoorur Rehman Afridi counsel for the petitioner argued before the court that direct or indirect incrimination evidence regarding hatching and abetment was not available on the record against his client.
The summon has been issued under Section 504 ( intentional insult), 505 ( statement conducting to public mischief), 509 ( word, gesture, or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman), 116 ( abetment of offence punishable with imprisonment) and sections under Indecent Representation of Women Prohibition Act 1986.
The tribunal found him guilty of 61 charges under five categories -- conspiracy, incitement, planning, abetment and failure to prevent killing.
KHANEWAL -- A man with the abetment of other relatives allegedly kidnapped his fiancee days ahead of his planned marriage on a dispute over marriage-party arrival time, police said on Friday.
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.
Whether his girlfriend tried to stop him from committing suicide is not clear but Paulson said, "we are seeking legal opinion as to whether a case of abetment to suicide can be registered since under the Indian Penal Code, action can be taken only if the parties come together.