aid and abet


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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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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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So long as the accused acts with the forbidden desires to conspire, to aid and abet, or to attempt, he is guilty whatever he does, however innocuous.
14) This Article grapples with the question left open by Rosemond and goes further to examine when proprietors of technology with both legal and illegal uses aid and abet their users' crimes.
Prosecution of Persons Who Aid And Abet Violations.
scheme, attorneys who knowingly aid and abet the fraud will not only
1963 in the 103d Congress would have amended Section 10(b) by inserting the words "or to aid and abet the use or employ any manipulative or deceptive device or contrivance" before the words "in contravention.
The Cleveland study raises questions about how the T4 lymphocytes (and in particular the T4 helper-inducer cells) aid and abet plaque buildup.