a matter of great practical <interest> to the scientific detective

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thetazuo

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Chinese - China
[Holmes said] ...Here, too, is a curious little work upon the influence of a trade upon the form of the hand, with lithotypes of the hands of slaters, sailors, corkcutters, compositors, weavers, and diamond-polishers. That is a matter of great practical interest to the scientific detective,--especially in cases of unclaimed bodies, or in discovering the antecedents of criminals. But I weary you with my hobby."

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Hi. Does “interest” mean “significance” here?
Thank you.
 
  • se16teddy

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    English - England
    I suppose the primary implication is that they find it fascinating, but there is also a hint that it is in their interest to know about it: it is important to their trade. It blurs the two senses of interest.
     
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