call one's own

call one's own

Claim or regard something as one's possession or under one's control, as in Victorian wives had almost nothing to call their own. This expression, dating from about 1600, today is often used in a negative context, as in the example. It also appears in can't call one's time one's own, which dates from the 18th century and means one spends much of one's time in someone else's service, as in The hours in this job are terrible; I can't call my time my own.
See also: call, own
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Having a home to call one's own allows many other pieces of a secure and stable lifestyle to come together.
Choosing a Bible: For Worship, Teaching, Study, and Prayer" is an analysis of the countless Bible translations that exist throughout today's world which can be quite overwhelming when seeking a Bible to call one's own.
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Nevertheless, despite the challenges of poverty and disease as well as having nothing to do and not much to tend or call one's own, Yang and her grandmother were happy at Ban Vinai.
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It also supports the very foundation of most families' financial security and stability -- having a decent, affordable home to call one's own.
He believes that matrimony was created to produce children one can call one's own.
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For most people, these aspirations mean enjoying the blessings of good health, or having a home to call one's own, or raising a family, holding a stake in the community, feeling secure - secure at home or in our neighborhood.