Source: Timepiece, Heather AlbanoTrevelyan said "The top thing we do not have time for is haring off after..."
"A person," Katarina said. "A person in this city, this beleaguered city were trying to-"
"trying to save," Trevelyan said. "We're trying to save them all....."
Background: The story was set in an alternate story where London was a smoke-filled dystopia plagued by poverty, crime and a dictatorship that enforced its power with thousands of gun-wielding robots. Trevelyan and Katarina were hired by an underground group that aimed to bring down the government. In this scene, when Trevelyan was preparing for tonight's testing of his new weapons on some of the patrolling robots, Katarina told him she needed to rescue a daughter of her friend's from a child trafficking ring. He snapped at her, and said that she should focus on the larger picture rather than distracting from the primary goal. Saving an irrelevant daughter would interfere his schedule and ,even worse, attract the government's attention.
Hi, according to WR and MacMillan dictionaries,
the difference seems to be very slim. Is it acceptable to use "embattled" in place of "beleaguered" without changing the original meaning?