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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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"The Rosemond court distilled these concepts into a simplified form and declared that 'for purposes of aiding and abetting law, a person who actively participates in a criminal scheme knowing its extent and character intends that scheme's commission.' ...
On June 25, 2016, Gordillo filed his motion to vacate, in which he argues that the predicate offense of aiding and abetting attempted murder does not qualify as a "crime of violence" under the 924(c)(3)(A) "force clause" and no longer qualifies under the 924(c)(3)(B) "residual clause" because the residual clause is void for vagueness under Johnson v.
The 39-year-old as well as those accused of abetting the stealing denied the charge.
Heald, who is represented by Gary Corum, will be tried on four charges, one each of conspiracy and money laundering and two of aiding and abetting false entries.
Elders in the jirga also warned that those found guilty of facilitating or abetting militants would be expelled, their houses would be demolished and a fine of Rs 400,000 would be imposed on them.
Her friend has been charged with accepting bribes worth Dhs920,000 and criminal abetting.
Fred Fuller Oil Co., the NH Supreme Court ruled, for the first time, that individual employees can be held personally liable for aiding and abetting workplace discrimination or engaging in retaliatory conduct under New Hampshire's Law Against Discrimination.
The police spokesman added: "Matthew Gordon, 29, of Chestnut Farm, Dauntsey, Wiltshire, has been charged with two counts of aiding, abetting, counselling and procuring/aiding and abetting causing death by dangerous driving and two counts of aiding, abetting, counselling and procuring/aiding and abetting causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
One pitfall of choosing wrong is the risk that a lawyer could be sued for aiding and abetting fraud perpetrated by that client.
The Olympiakos president is accused of being involved in and directing a criminal organisation, aiding and abetting blackmailing, aiding and abetting extortion, and aiding and abetting bribery and fraud.
The court also jailed a Yemeni warehouse supervisor for six months for aiding and abetting the first defendant.
But he has been charged with multiple manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and aiding and abetting illegal immigration.
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Presiding judge Mohammad Jamal also sentenced a 35-year-old Bangladeshi defendant, B.M., to three months in jail for aiding and abetting the trio [M.S., M.O.