come <rather> to the front lately in the French detective service.

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thetazuo

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"My practice has extended recently to the Continent," said Holmes, after a while, filling up his old brier-root pipe. "I was consulted last week by Francois Le Villard, who, as you probably know, has come rather to the front lately in the French detective service.

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Hi. What does “rather” mean here?
Thank you.
 
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