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why the living, breathing, fire-burning hell

I'm reading a pretty old novel, Dorothy Uhnak's The Investigation":
District Attorney: "Tim, why the hell, why the living, breathing, fire-burning hell, are we stuck with this goddamn case in the first place? Why the hell can't it be bucked to Homicide where it belongs?"
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1. what does "living, breathing, fire-burning" mean here?
2. what does "buck" mean here?
thank you for your help

For learning: English
Base language: English
Category: Language

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    1. Living, breathing, fire-burning is making the curse stronger. People often ask "why the living h***"." 'Living and breathing' is a common phrase that means something is very real or alive. 'Fire-burning' just refers to Hell.
    2. 'Buck' means 'kick back to' or 'return to.' So "Why can't it be returned to Homicide where it belongs?" It sounds like he doesn't want to deal with this case AT ALL! xD

    "To pass the buck" is a common idiom for giving an unpleasant responsibility to someone else; the author seems to have invented "to buck" as a shorter form of this.

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