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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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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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Gail O'Rorke is accused of attempting to aid and abet a friend's death by arranging travel to the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland.
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.
on the other hand, provides a stronger disincentive to aid and abet a
It's worth noting as well that Mexico flagrantly violates international conventions by using its consulates to aid and abet criminal behavior by its nationals in the United States (see the cover story "Stealth Invasion" in our April 5 issue).
As stated in Hooks, "to aid and abet another to commit a crime it is necessary that a defendant in some sort associate himself with the venture, that he participate in it as in something that he wishes to bring about, and that he seek by his action to make it succeed."(4)
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." This proposed legislation was not enacted into law.
The accused, of Kilclare Gardens, Tallaght, also denies she attempted to aid and abet her death by means of attempting to arrange travel to Zurich between March and April 2011.
She also denies she attempted to aid and abet the suicide of Ms Forde by trying to arrange travel to Zurich in Switzerland for such purpose between March 10 and April 20, 2011.