Please help me figure out the meaning of the phrase "grooving down the street" in the following sentence from the description of the game Giant Dancing Plushies:

Swipe along with melodious beats to keep massive giant teddy bears and cute bunnies grooving down the street.

I know the lexical meanings of the word "groove" but I am not sure which of them fits here.

Here is a brief description of the game from 148 Apps:

Giant Dancing Plushies is a game where you control building-sized stuffed animals as they strut down the street, destroying cars, tanks, and more. You can move these giant animals one step at a time, but the game challenges you to do it to the beat of either the in-game soundtrack or whatever music you might be listening to at the time.

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    Your title doesn't match your question. And meaning #5 in your dictionary link is the correct one. Does it not make sense? The dictionary's example sentence is similar.
    – TypeIA
    May 25, 2021 at 14:33
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    What bad writing. Grooving down the street should mean enjoying themselves as they dance down the street. Yet, they are destructive. What the heck do these developers think, anyway?
    – Lambie
    May 25, 2021 at 14:46
  • @TypeIA Thank you for pointing this out. As a non-native speaker, I find it a bit tricky to figure out the meaning. Thanks to your help, I get the sense of the sentence now.
    – curious
    May 25, 2021 at 14:50
  • @Lambie I don't see "grooving" as necessarily incompatible with destructiveness. Do you have any teenagers in your town?
    – TypeIA
    May 25, 2021 at 15:24
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    @Lambie you're correct that "grooving" and destructiveness don't usually go together. The writer is telling us that, in the game, they do. I would expect to see cute stuffed animals dancing down the street, casually crushing cars, not realizing what they're doing. Sounds like that's the game's joke. Jun 1, 2021 at 16:53

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All of the following are equivalent:

  • Make sure that the giant teddy bears keep on grooving down the street.
  • Make sure that the giant teddy bears keep on continue unimpeded down the street.
  • Make sure that the giant teddy bears keep on traveling down the street unmolested
  • Make sure that the giant teddy bears keep on going down the street.

In American English, "keep on grooving" means:

  • I hope that resume what you were doing before you were stopped
  • do not let other people stop you
  • do not give-up
  • keep going
  • persevere in the face of your obstacles
  • continue as you were
  • continue what you were doing a little while ago.

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