A cock that finds itself in a new environment will take one step before the other.
A cock in a new environment is in a suspicious domain. It will walk timid and be observance of every movement all around. This proverb implies that we should be conscious of our dealings and mind others. It also encourages one on leaping after we have looked thoroughly. It is a proverb that preaches on taking the necessary precautions in order to avert danger.