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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.
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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.
See also: abet, aid, and

all in the Kool-Aid and don't know the flavor

slang Involving oneself in something one knows little or nothing about. You weren't there, so would you quit commenting on my fight with Sue? You're all in the Kool-Aid and don't know the flavor!
See also: all, and, flavor, know

all in the Kool-Aid but don't know the flavor

slang Involving oneself in something one knows little or nothing about. You weren't there, so would you quit commenting on my fight with Sue? You're all in the Kool-Aid but don't know the flavor!
See also: all, but, flavor, know

an aide-mémoire

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.


A quick and usually ineffective solution to a problem that only addresses the symptom and not the root cause. Refers to the trademark for a brand of adhesive bandages. Primarily heard in US. Lowering educational standards in schools may increase graduation rates, but it does little more than slap a Band-Aid on a much deeper problem.

Band-Aid solution

A quick, superficial, or temporary solution to a problem that does not address or resolve the underlying cause of said problem. Taken from the Band-Aid brand of adhesive bandages. While offering free pizza to customers affected by the oil spill is a cute Band-Aid solution, the company has no plan in place to deal with the actual damage that it caused.
See also: solution

Band-Aid treatment

A method of covering up a problem superficially or temporarily, rather than resolving it completely. Refers to the trademark for a brand of adhesive bandages. Honestly, I think this is just a Band-Aid treatment—we need to work harder and find a real solution.
See also: treatment

be in aid of

To support or help (someone or something). The fundraiser is in aid of the local family whose house just burned down.
See also: aid, of

bring (something) to (one's) aid

To provide something to someone in need of help or assistance. The kind woman at the information desk brought a wheelchair to my grandmother's aid.
See also: aid, bring

come to (someone's) aid

To provide assistance, support, or rescue to someone. Thank goodness the Coast Guard came to my aid, or I might have drowned out there. We were in serious financial trouble until Susan's mother came to our aid and helped us with some of our debt.
See also: aid, come

in aid of

Support or helping (someone or something). The fundraiser is in aid of the local family whose house just burned down.
See also: aid, of

thirst-aid station

slang A place where alcoholic beverages are available to be purchased or consumed. For the party, we set up an awesome makeshift bar in the living room and called it the thirst-aid station. We all headed to the thirst-aid station after work to relax with a few cold ones.
See also: station

What's (something) in aid of?

What is the reason for or purpose of something? Someone told me they just called an all-hands meeting for this afternoon. What is that in aid of?
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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.
See also: abet, aid, and

aid someone in doing something

to help someone do something. He aided her in fixing up the back bedroom.
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aid someone in something

to help someone in some kind of trouble. Will you aid me in this difficulty?
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be in aid of

to be intended to help, cure, or resolve. What is all this in aid of? I don't understand what your comments are in aid of.
See also: aid, of

bring something to someone's aid

to bring something with which to help someone. The officer brought medical supplies to our aid. An ambulance was brought to the injured man's aid.
See also: aid, bring

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.
See also: abet, aid, and

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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in aid of

in support of; for the purpose of raising money for. chiefly British
1999 Teesdale Mercury A wine and savoury evening in aid of cancer research will be held…on Friday.
See also: aid, of

what's all this in aid of?

what is the purpose of this? British informal
See also: aid, all, this

in aid of somebody/something

(British English) in order to help somebody/something: The children spent the day collecting money in aid of charity.
See also: aid, of, somebody, something

what’s (all) ˈthis, etc. in aid of?

(British English, spoken) what is the purpose or cause of something?: What’s all this crying in aid of?
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thirst-aid station

n. a place to purchase liquor. (Punning on first-aid station.) Let’s stop at the next thirst-aid station and get a snort.
See also: station

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 . . .”
See also: aid, and

band-aid approach/solution

A stopgap measure, a temporary expedient. This term applies the trade name for a small bandage, the Band-Aid, patented in 1924, to approaching or solving an issue in a makeshift way. It dates from the late 1960s and is approaching cliché status.
See also: approach, solution
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Aider gives the power back to small business with the latest AI technology that is focused on their business - info, insights, actions, metrics are simply a question away.
(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.
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But Evie's dad Steven says it was unacceptable that no first aider was on hand - and wants reassurance from Butlins it won't happen again at its resorts.
The club is seeking to recruit a junior chairman, a junior secretary, coaching, medical and team management staff - including Under 16 head coach, team manager and first aider and Under 12 head coach, team manager and first aider.
He asked the crowd if "everything was OK" before someone shouted back "we need a first aider".
The youth team volunteer, first aider and coach instantly began a 30-minute bid to save him, using skills he'd learnt days before on the Welsh Rugby Union/ St John Cymru-Wales Rugby Emergency Aid course.
THE wife of the Bishop of Durham is heading to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow to work as a first aider.
Cette nouvelle enveloppe, qui doit encore etre approuvee par les Eetats membres de l'UE, est destinee a aider les 162 millions d'habitants de cette region en proie a plusieurs conflits armes ainsi qu'a la pauvrete et la malnutrition chroniques.
The programme is offered to schools throughout Wales for children aged 7-16 and forms an important part of our vision to have a first aider on every street in Wales.
Shaan, a member of the Hill and Cakemore Cadet Unit, joined St John Ambulance two years ago after the charity delivered its Young First Aider course at her school, Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls.