Pop goes the weasel

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Pop goes the weasel refrain of a popular song now regarded as a children's rhyme: ‘Up and down the City Road, In and out the Eagle, That's the way the money goes— Pop goes the weasel!’ The Eagle was a public house in the City Road, London.

In the mid 19th century, Pop goes the weasel was also the name of a popular country dance, in which one dancer would dance under the arms of the others to his or her partner to the tune of the rhyme.