Run to double figures - Tradução em português

The former children's minister Tim Loughton used an open letter to the prime minister on Thursday to urge him to launch a single, wide-ranging judicial inquiry into child abuse for fear of "drowning" in separate inquiries, "which now run to double figures". The Conservative MP for East Worthing and Shoreham, who served as children's minister for two years until being dropped in the September reshuffle, said it was time to set up an overarching inquiry "into what went wrong across a whole range of institutions".

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Henry Cunha 3 18 184
Well, a number in "single figures" might be 7 inquiries, while 17 inquiries would be a number in "double figures." It's a way of talking of any quantity between 10 and 99, the set of all the possible double figures. A "figure" often means an amount in English. See http://www.thefreedictionary.com/figure.

You can do a lot of useful things with the verb "figure" in English!