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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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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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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.
First Interstate Bank of Denver ended aider and abettor liability lawsuits by investors and other private parties under section 10B of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934.
Justice Ahmadi explained that there was no vicarious liability concept in criminal law except that "if there is an abetment, the abettor may be joined with the principal offender.
Nor did the court find Peat acted as aider and abettor of the fraud.
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.
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.
We will go after every sympathiser, every abettor, every facilitator of these terrorists.
Mukhtiar Ali Advocate said that the legal fraternity did not support facilitators and their abettor but only wanted a fair trial.
The accused Saeed Zada Ex-Manager HBL Mardan acted as abettor / facilitator in embezzlement of Govt funds and thereby caused huge financial loss to the Govt.
The bench had also made it clear that it has ample power to try any abettor.
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?
The petitioners challenged their nomination ordered by a special court 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.
It was said to be the crime was carried out byAli Gohar Jatoi, the husband of deceased woman, with the help of his abettors.