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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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(43) Instead of trying the aider and abettor for a separate crime, prosecutors could apply the same elements they would have applied to the principal.
'Contrary to the opinion of the FAW, the CAS panel has considered that the Football Union of Russia could not be assimilated to be an 'accomplice or abettor' of Titov under the terms of the Uefa disciplinary regulations,' said a CAS spokesman.
The arrested suspects included Ali Asghar, son of Awwal Khan Marfani, whom the police declared abettor of the gang.
According to police sources Mufti Abdul Qavi was nominated as abettor on the plea of Qandeel's father Azeem Iqbal under Section 10 of Pakistan Penal Code.
Given the costs of litigation, the fear of jury trials, aider and abettor liability and negative publicity, many CPAs prefer to settle such disputes rather that litigate them even when they believe they have done nothing wrong.
The police said that three of the gangsters were shot dead during the gun battle and five others, including their abettor, were arrested from the crime scene after the encounter.
The accused Saeed Zada acted as abettor and facilitator in embezzlement of Government funds causing huge financial loss to the national kitty.
After the preliminarily inquiry, within two days, we will register an FIR case against Akshay Kumar, Twinkle Khanna, the abettor of the Lakme Fashion Week show and the top management of the Grand Hyatt.
Police Constable Hassan Khan Pathan belonging to Balochistan police, and his abettor Daud Pathan were apprehended.
"We will go after every sympathiser, every abettor, every facilitator of these terrorists.
They challenged Special Court order to try them as abettor in the high treason case initiated against former President, General (retd) Pervaiz Musharraf on the act of imposition emergency in the country on November 3, 2007.
They challenged Special Court order to try them as abettor in the high treason case initiated against former President, General (retd) Pervez Musharraf on the act of imposition emergency in the country on November 3, 2007.
The bench had also made it clear that it has ample power to try any abettor. The decision to implicate any other person would depend on what material comes on record in the shape of documents, extrajudicial statements and oral evidence and the evidence so produced might then connect any other person with the commission of the crime.
Article 6 states that the abettor is as guilty as the person who has committed treason, why is the law different in case of murder?