call (one's) own

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call (one's) own

To regard or claim something as under one's own control or belonging genuinely or solely to oneself. Many people are in dire poverty in this area, left with hardly anything to call their own. I've been dreaming of the day I have a car to call my own.
See also: call, 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

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.
See also: call, own

call something your ˈown

claim something as belonging to you: At her age she needs a place she can call her own.
See also: call, own, something
References in classic literature ?
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.
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
He was transferred from another RSPCA centre and now is looking for a home to call his own.
I felt sorry for the contestant from Middlesbrough because, like myself, he doesn't have a county that he can call his own.
It's perhaps because the outlaw famously lived in the wild, with no roof over his head, and accordingly had no barn to call his own.
I TRULY BELIEVE THAT A quarterback who is allowed to call his own plays can become as good, if not better, at it than a coach.
However, in the beginning, Ball didn't even have an office to call his own.