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Mr. Netanyahu sparked a controversy when he and House Speaker John Boehner went around the White House and arranged a visit and speech on Capitol Hill without consulting anyone in the State Department or the administration, in an open effort to derail U.S.-led nuclear negotiations with Iran. -CNN Student News-

What's the meaning of "went around" in this sentence? Does it mean that they visited the White House?

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  • It means visited.
    – Khan
    Oct 8, 2015 at 4:58
  • @Khan Not in this context. Oct 8, 2015 at 6:46

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In this case, "went around" means "circumvented." Boehner acted without asking the permission of certain other individuals, thus "going around" them. Picture Obama and his administration standing in a doorway, and Boehner "going around" them.

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Went around means they avoided the White House; they didn't include anyone in the Obama administration in the decision to invite the person.

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