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aid (someone) in (something)
To assist someone in completing an action or activity. It was nice of Julie to aid me in cleaning my house before the party. Jim aided his son in changing the flat tire on the car. Thank goodness Mr. Stewart aided me in bringing the groceries up to the apartment—I would have had to make three trips by myself!
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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. If you drove the getaway car, then you aided and abetted the robber in a crime!
Notes or pictures that one uses to remember something. When I was studying for the test, I made an aide-mémoire of all the steps in photosynthesis. I highly recommend that you create an aide-mémoire as you try to learn a new language. Wait, we're allowed to have an aide-mémoire with us during the exam? Wow, that's great news!
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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
aid and abetFORMAL
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.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
aid and abethelp 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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