There was one of the tribe of Tarzan who questioned his authority, and that was Terkoz, the son of Tublat, but he so feared the keen knife and the deadly arrows of his new lord that he confined the manifestation of his objections to petty disobediences and irritating mannerisms; Tarzan knew, however, that he but waited his opportunity to wrest the kingship from him by some sudden stroke of treachery, and so he was ever on his guard against surprise.
obtain by seizing forcibly or violently, also metaphorically; "wrest the knife from his hands"; "wrest a meaning from the old text"; "wrest power from the old government"
If you wrest something from someone else, you take it from them, especially when this is difficult or illegal. For the past year he has been trying to wrest control from the central government The men had returned to wrest back power. = seize
If you wrest something from someone who is holding it, you take it from them by pulling or twisting it violently. He wrested the suitcase from the chauffeur He was attacked by a security man who tried to wrest away a gas cartridge
to twist or extort by violence; to pull of force away by, or as if by, violent wringing or twisting
[ 'rest ] (transitive verb.) before 12th century. Middle English wrasten, wresten, from Old English wr[AE]stan; akin to Old Norse reista to bend and probably to Old English wrigian to turn; more at WRY.
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