认贼作父的英语可以这样说：clasp an enemy to one's bosom，其次还可以说成"adopt a gangster for a father"，在《牛津英汉双解词典》中，共找到37个与认贼作父相关的短语释义和例句。
1. clasp an enemy to one's bosom
认贼作父翻译为clasp an enemy to one's bosom。
After the bad things he did were brought to light, did you regret treating him as someone on your side?
2. adopt a gangster for a father
认贼作父翻译为adopt a gangster for a father。
示例：They won't talk to a policeman, but they'll kiss a gangster?
but they'll kiss a gangster. Eh?