When someone has connections in an organization, he can use it to good advantage to, for example, get his son a job in a company. We say:

He pulled strings/wires to get his son the job in the company

But, what has the 'connection' done in this case? Is there an idiom or expression defining what the owner of the organization has done? I mean something meaning "nepotism". But not a noun. A verb, expression or idiom.
As in:
"Mike's father pulled some strings to get him the job. The manager of the company who was his father's old friend ..... and hired him."

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    The person whose strings were pulled is condoning or countenancing nepotism. Are you looking for an idiom that means "to aid and abet nepotism"?
    – TimR
    Commented Jul 28, 2017 at 11:39
  • @Tᴚoɯɐuo Yes exactly! "Aids and abet nepotism" itself sounds idiomatic though! :-D Commented Jul 28, 2017 at 11:57
  • @Tᴚoɯɐuo but is "aiding and abetting nepotisim" what the decision maker of the company does? Commented Jul 28, 2017 at 12:07
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    It is grammatical. It is a formula often used in criminal contexts but it need not be confined to illegalities. However, it is judgmental in its tone and amounts to a criticism of the practice of nepotism. For that reason, you would not say "...the manager of the company who is his friend aided and abetted nepotism and hired me"--not unless you were speaking facetiously, to make light of the fact that you got your job through a family connection. The humor would suggest that you are of two minds about it.
    – TimR
    Commented Jul 28, 2017 at 13:57
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    I hereby coin nepotize. Commented Jul 28, 2017 at 19:00

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I don't think there is single word for this. Probably the most common expression would be "did him a favour". Maybe one could use "smoothed the way".

If the manager did something wrong in the process it might be expressed as "broke the rules"or "bent the rules" or something more specific like "bypassed the selection process".

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