I watched "Zootopia" and heard this phrase:

I popped the weasel!

I don't get its meaning. I can't find what it means in the dictionary.

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    It is a reference to the rhyme, "Pop goes the weasel" and presumably refers to the noise pop. – BladorthinTheGrey Dec 30 '16 at 11:04
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    Look up "pop goes the weasel". – Greg Lee Dec 30 '16 at 11:04
  • If you have a look at the Wikipedia page for the rhyme, "Pop! Goes the Weasel" it seems that the exact meaning is obscured by history. – BladorthinTheGrey Dec 30 '16 at 11:11
  • Also read this EL&U answer which guesses at the origin of the weasel popping; a weasel is a type of yarn spinning machine that would, every once in a while, make a popping noise. – BladorthinTheGrey Dec 30 '16 at 11:16

Pop is police slang for arrest, as well as kill (with a firearm):

pop verb - transitive

to arrest.

  • The cops popped him in front of the club.

The Online Slang Dictionary

"I popped the weasel" is also an allusion to the nursery rhyme Pop Goes the Weasel, as others have said.

  • So you're asserting that in Pop Goes the Weasel, 'pop' is alluding to 'arrest'? – BladorthinTheGrey Dec 30 '16 at 14:04
  • @BladorthinTheGrey Now where did I say that? If you wish to assume that I implied it, that is up to you. – Mick Dec 30 '16 at 14:06
  • It seems that you are saying that in the film they are talking about an arrest (I haven't seen it but presume that fits in the context) and I then wondered if that then extended to cover the original rhyme. If you do think there is evidence of the rhyme alluding to an arrest then Wikipedia is in need of an update. – BladorthinTheGrey Dec 30 '16 at 14:10
  • @BladorthinTheGrey Well, if others complain about my sloppy writing, I'll amend my answer. – Mick Dec 30 '16 at 14:11
  • @BladorthinTheGrey Pop! Goes the Weasel is also the name of a Scottish country dance, but that hardly seems to be relevant here. – Mick Dec 30 '16 at 14:17

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