(something) to call (one's) own

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(something) to call (one's) own

Said of something that one can claim ownership of or see as within one's control. This morning has been so crazy that I haven't had five minutes to call my own! I've been dreaming of the day I have a car to call my own.
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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.
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call your own

If you have something to call your own, it belongs to you. I think you should have a place you can call your own. She has hardly had a moment to call her own for the last seven years.
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References in classic literature ?
And also with respect to pleasure, it is unspeakable how advantageous it is, that a man should think he has something which he may call his own; for it is by no means to no purpose, that each person should have an affection for himself, for that is natural, and yet to be a self-lover is justly censured; for we mean by that, not one that simply loves himself, but one that loves himself more than he ought; in like manner we blame a money-lover, and yet both money and self is what all men love.
If he ventures to appeal to the law, it is easy to declare that he is subject to insane delusion, and to call his own wife as witness.
For was he not about to become the joint owner of a similar home, the first place he could call his own? One's own!
Coquenard was not less affected by it on her part, for she added, "My cousin will not return if he finds that we do not treat him kindly; but otherwise he has so little time to pass in Paris, and consequently to spare to us, that we must entreat him to give us every instant he can call his own previous to his departure."
picture to yourself the chance, ever hanging over you, of your wife and your little children -- those objects which nature urges even the slave to call his own -- being torn from you and sold like beasts to the first bidder!
Jeremy Corbyn is mulling over whether to call his own confidence vote in Parliament to topple the PM.
Jonty is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, he is constantly being overlooked due to his looks and is desperate for a home to call his own. Call: 01286 479711 .freshfields.org.uk
But there's one thing still missing from his 'arsenal,' he admitted: a 'massive hit'-a song that he can call his own.
THIS loving retriever is looking for a home to call his own.
I just hope I can stay as calm as Sir Peter O'Sullevan did when he used to call his own horses winning."
Summary: DUBAI -- He is 'nobody's child', with no identity and no parents to call his own. He was found with a woman who insists the boy is hers, but has been caught out by DNA tests which have proved she is not the biological mother.
He was transferred from another RSPCA centre and now is looking for a home to call his own. TY can be mischievous so is looking for a firm but fair owner.
He has no children to call his own but would like some and is in a relationship.
I felt sorry for the contestant from Middlesbrough because, like myself, he doesn't have a county that he can call his own. Even in the AA British roads atlas, Yarm is in Stockton and Stainton is in Middlesbrough.
With only one friend to call his own, Peter must evade government agents bent on catching him, using the Navy Seals, Marines, and CIA agents alike to bring Peter into their control.