alligatoring


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al·li·ga·tor·ing

 (ăl′ĭ-gā′tər-ĭng)
n.
The formation of cracks on the surface of paint layers.

[From the resemblance of the cracks to the pattern of an alligator's scales.]
References in classic literature ?
As between man and woman," she answered, "it would be too terribly--er--indecent for you to tell me why I shouldn't go alligatoring.