I've heard this in a movie called The Bourne Supremacy. I am not really good with English so can anybody help me out?

What does 'You had Konklin killed' mean?
By the way, Konklin is just a character's name

  • You found someone who killed Konklin for you.
    – user 66974
    Dec 20, 2021 at 19:48
  • It means that the person being addressed is being accused of arranging for Konklin's murder.
    – user888379
    Dec 20, 2021 at 19:49
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    It's the same structure as "I had the car washed." To have something done is to get some agent to do the thing. Dec 20, 2021 at 19:57
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    Does this answer your question? The syntax of "have something done" Dec 20, 2021 at 19:58
  • This is using meaning 2.5 from this Lexico entry: "[with past participle] Cause (something) to be done for one by someone else. ‘it is advisable to have your carpet laid by a professional’" That is, have plus an object plus a past participle (in this case killed) equals "Cause [the object] to be [participled]." Dec 20, 2021 at 19:59

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This structure is called passive causative.

The form is: ["have/get" + object + past participle]

The meaning is to cause or arrange for someone else to do something, and not do it yourself.

Some examples:

  1. I had the house painted.
  2. I got my hair done.
  3. I had your office cleaned.

In these examples, I arranged for painters to paint my house, I asked my barber to cut my hair, and I told the cleaning staff to clean your office.

In your example, it means, "You arranged for someone to kill Konklin", which probably means you hired an assassin to kill Konklin, or put out a contract on Konklin's life.

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