What does which we have mean here?

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    I'm pretty sure it's an elision of 'Which we totally have done.' (I'd put 'Which we have done. Emphatically.') Care needs to be taken when eliding verb-forms, and while this example does it for effect, it obviously can lead to confusion (your query, and see mplungjan's answer). It's usually safer to elide a verb after the auxiliary 'be' than 'have', because 'have' is commonly used as a main verb also. Sep 4, 2013 at 9:59

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Edwin has a point, I seem to have overlooked the significance of "you can (generic "one can") cover it up" so the sentence gets a slightly different meaning (implicit done added)

One can cover it up with a Buzz Lightyear spacesuit and jetpack and we certainly have done just that.


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In other uses, totally can make a sentence sarcastic:

Look that house costs a million
Which I totally have!

means I of course do not have a million.

or just emphasise agreement, but to me it sounds a little surfer dude-ish

Dude, let's go hang out with the dudettes

  • Sorry, I don't agree with 'have' being interpreted as 'possess' here. Which would necessitate 'totally' being interpreted as 'certainly' as you say - but for which I can find no justification in dictionaries. Sep 4, 2013 at 21:59
  • I agree, please see update @EdwinAshworth
    – mplungjan
    Sep 5, 2013 at 4:21
  • I see you've also updated bull’s-eye to bulls eye, in line with the modern move involving 'dropping apostrophes from constructions showing associative rather than true possessive relationships'. This particular example is the only thing that saddens me about the move - there aren't that many words (? strings?) containing both an apostrophe and a hyphen. Sep 5, 2013 at 7:25
  • Oops. That is because I was on my phone, corrected
    – mplungjan
    Sep 5, 2013 at 7:27
  • My immediate understanding would be that ‘have’ is indeed possessive here: “… Buzz Lightyear spacesuit and jet pack, and we totally have those things (available for you)”, using the spacesuit and jet pack as metaphors for the techniques and aids they can offer people in the witness protection programme to help remove the bull’s-eye. On second reading, though, I do realise that the sentence is quite ambiguous. Sep 5, 2013 at 7:31

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