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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

FORMAL
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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Does the Mayor accuse me already or simply wonder if I'm abetting rebellion?
the duties Revlon imposes in a change-of-control transaction) is liable for aiding and abetting.
1st Dep't 2010)) While the knowledge element of an aiding and abetting fraud claim requires actual knowledge of the underlying fraud, such knowledge does not have to be based on the defendant's explicit acknowledgement of such fraud.
Bombing of a place of public use resulting in death; aiding and abetting (two counts.
Yesterday her husband Christopher Dean, 39, of Kremlin Drive, Stoneycroft, appeared at Liverpool crown court to plead guilty to aiding and abetting an assault.
She is also on trial at Manchester Crown Court accused of aiding and abetting the rape and committing a separate indecent assault on the alleged victim.
FORMER Liberian President Charles Taylor was yesterday found guilty of aiding and abetting war crimes and crimes against humanity by supporting brutal Sierra Leone rebels in return for blood diamonds.
The Plaintiffs assert a claim of aiding and abetting under the ATS.
Summary: El Hoceima (Northeastern Morocco) - A Moroccan court on Tuesday sentenced two Senegalese nationals to six months in prison for abetting illegal immigration.
Totton has since been arrested on suspicion of aiding and abetting the attempted suicide of his wife.
3) But even more surprising is that all three lenders could be convicted of the same felony as the borrowers because of a disparity in the current federal gun laws and the convoluted application of the federal aiding and abetting statute.
Walkers was accused of aiding and abetting fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and aiding and abetting breach of fiduciary duty.
Indeed, many fine law firms have choked down unpalatable settlements in aiding and abetting cases in which they believed they did nothing wrong out of the concern that they would fall victim to jurors' hindsight bias.
A 15-year-old girl was found guilty this month of aiding and abetting manslaughter for using a mobile phone to film a man being kicked and punched to death - the first conviction of its kind.