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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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The 63 passengers found on board were arrested on suspicion of failing to possess passports while the five crew members were arrested on suspicion of abetting human smuggling, the officials said.
Department of Justice in January 2000 for allegedly aiding and abetting those price-fixing activities.
The lawsuit asserts claims for aiding and abetting violations of federal and state securities laws, conspiracy to commit fraud, aiding and abetting breach of fiduciary duty, and negligent supervision.
A US university project used to charge an alleged former IRA commander with aiding and abetting the murder of Jean McConville was "a complete sham", a court heard yesterday.
Abu Dhabi: A young girl has allegedly committed suicide by throwing herself out of her window after meeting a young man on the internet who was charged with abetting her suicide, according to the Abu Dhabi Criminal Court of First Instance.
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Tappin changed his plea to one count of aiding and abetting the illegal export of defence articles at a hearing in El Paso, Texas, yesterday and faces a 33-month sentence when he appears in court again on January 9.
They protested against the silence of the rulers of the Muslim world over the issue and their alleged role in abetting the U.
Tracy Ann Howitt, 47, of Torquay in Devon, was charged with of aiding and abetting dangerous driving and aiding and abetting no insurance.
The 52-year-old, of Egre-mont, Wirral, appeared at Liverpool magistrates court charged with aiding and abetting driving with excess alcohol, aiding and abetting driving without a licence and aiding and abetting driving with no insurance.
A father of two who drove his wife to a viaduct where she jumped 100ft to her death has been cleared of aiding and abetting her suicide.
Neil Clay, 35, was on trial at Liverpool Crown Court charged with aiding and abetting Kate Strutt's suicide.
I for one would like to see those who aid and abet these activities brought up on charges of willfully aiding and abetting a criminal activity.
Amongst a lengthy list read out in court were that he directed the activities of the LVF, membership of the LVF, aiding and abetting murder, two counts of aiding and abetting explosions, seven of attempted murder, two of attempted murder, three of causing explosions, four of possession of explosives, two of conspiracy to murder and 10 of possessing firearms.