In a sentence describing two people dancing in a room:
And they reeled, and swiveled, and whirled, and spun ...
What are the differences between those four actions?
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In other contexts it might be important to distinguish the meanings, but this is an obvious instance of the rhetorical figure synonymia - the author is enhancing his effect by piling on different words to denote a circular dance. Given the alternating anapaests and iambs, I suspect this is verse – even if it isn't, the author is very skillfully employing rhythm for further enhancement.
I forget who said, "All words are infinitely polysemous," but it's probably also true that 'No words are truly synonymous.' As StoneyB says above, the author is taking liberties with the semantics of the sentence to achieve an admirable rhythmic effect.
Coincidentally, I said to someone today, "I must be careful not to waltz off with the key." I then thought of possible substitutes for waltz in the pretty transparent idiom, and decided that I couldn't think of any that are actually used. (Apparently, the shuffle is a type of dance.) There are some amusing candidates - tango, foxtrot, conga, jive, passacaglia, slosh....
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