We say "You put the shorts on" & "You take the shorts off"?

I am not sure if we can replace "put" & "take" with other verbs such as "slide", "come", etc.

For example, Your child's shorts are sagging.

Do you say "Your shorts are coming off. Fix them!"?

I am not sure if it is idiomatic to say "Your shorts are coming out" or "Your shorts are coming off"?

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    In the UK we would probably say, "Your shorts are falling down. Pull them up." Or just, "Pull your shorts up." Commented Apr 28, 2020 at 2:03
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    We most definitely do not say "your shorts are coming out". We say: Your shorts are sliding down or have slid down. Pull them up.
    – Lambie
    Commented Oct 10, 2020 at 14:20

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The right choice is

Your shorts are coming off.

If you said, 'Your shorts are coming out' it would mean that the shorts are inside of something, like a box, a suitcase or a dryer.

If you know what the person understands by 'fixing' their shorts, you can say

Your shorts are coming off. Fix them!

but this is very direct and implies a judgement that there's something wrong with the shorts the way they are, which could prompt a negative reaction by the person you're speaking to.

You could say

You slide the shorts on.
You slide the shorts off.
Your shorts are sliding off.

This has a slightly more sensual or motive connotation.

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