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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 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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(137) 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.
Analogous to the category of comfort of and profit from pirates, the plaintiffs argued that the defendants aided and abetted the South African regime because they profited from the environment that apartheid fostered.
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.
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.
Her work on the Tudor book was abetted by a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.
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." (p.
For example, "At this very moment, a ravenously bllodthirsty pack of satanic dogs is poised to strike at the fighting heart of Islam..."; "...the aforementioned infidel dogs have been significantly aided and abetted by a treacherous cabal of traitors to Islam..."; and "Moslem warriors are unafraid of death, because death (for the holy cause) to them means paradise, while death to infidels means only eternal damnation in hell."
UCAR claimed Mitsubishi and Union Carbide are liable for a combined $1.5 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.
Equidyne Extractive Indus., 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.
But in this case the Holy Spirit was ably abetted by Benedict XVI.
GM plants currently run at 85 percent of their capacity, lower than North American plants run by its Asian rivals." While it may be true that capacity is outstripping demand and that Asian rivals are more economically run than GM, the problem with overcapacity has been abetted by GM planners and U.S.