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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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Purposeful intent works for aiding and abetting when applied to [section] 922(g), but because other crimes can be aided and abetted much more subtly, it will not work as a universal standard.
Molloy wrote that, in a common law court, all those who aided and abetted pirates were accorded principal status: "If a Pirate at Sea assault a Ship, but by force is prevented from entering her, and in the attempt the Pirate happens to slay a person on the other Ship, they are all Principals in such a Murder, if the Common Law hath jurisdiction over the cause.
Markley allegedly aided and abetted Schrock's breach of fiduciary duty.
For more than two decades, beginning with the Comprehensive Asset Forfeiture Act of 1984, Washington has abetted confiscation of private property.
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.
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.
1980, the court, without citing Mishkin, accepted the foreseeable-reliance test for accountants, but dismissed a claim that an accounting firm knowingly or recklessly aided and abetted a Rule 10b-5 violation by its client in an offering of limited partnership interests.
by Mexican officials was aided and abetted by the decision last year of the Bush administration's Treasury Department to accept the Matricula Consular cards as legitimate identification.
The decision eliminated the judicially implied private right of action by which allegedly defrauded investors could sue securities and accounting professionals--typically accounting firms, brokerages, law firms and banks--who aided and abetted a primary violator--typically a securities issuer or underwriter.