accessory after the fact
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- (law) A person who assists or protects someone wanted by the police in connection with a crime.
- 1749, Henry Fielding, chapter II, in The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, London: A[ndrew] Millar, OCLC 928184292, book III:
- […] some of that atrocious wickedness in Jones, […] might perhaps be derived from the encouragement he had received from this fellow, who […] had been what the law calls an accessary[sic] after the fact […]