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.
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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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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 ?
In the first weeks the days were long; they often, at their finest, gave me what I used to call my own hour, the hour when, for my pupils, teatime and bedtime having come and gone, I had, before my final retirement, a small interval alone.
Bright, for the first time, under a roof, though a very humble one, which I could really call my own. Nor did I fail (as is the custom of landed proprietors all about the world) to parade the poor fellow up and down over my half a dozen acres; secretly rejoicing, nevertheless, that the disarray of the inclement season, and particularly the six inches of snow then upon the ground, prevented him from observing the ragged neglect of soil and shrubbery into which the place had lapsed.
"It's just like you," Godfrey burst out, in a bitter tone, "to talk about my selling Wildfire in that cool way--the last thing I've got to call my own, and the best bit of horse-flesh I ever had in my life.
It was snipped with the caption, All my life I was seeking for someone to call my own.
TRAVELLING LIGHT I walked through the darkness of the night, And although my thoughts were heavy, My material possessions that bound me were tight, Yet chains of love made me feel plenty, I walked over the hills into the valley beyond, Where the sun rose and gave light to find, A new place that I could call my own, For this time I will see and not be blind, The darkness I saw has now disappeared, My thoughts and possessions are now all gone, I travelled into a new place, New life, without fear, And at last I feel the warmth of the sun.
For her actor father's memories of being evacuated from London to Wales during World War Two is one of the autobiographical tales featured in A Story To Call My Own.
A Story To Call My Own is at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, until tomorrow.
if only / I had 1 puppy to call my own, / a pert little puppy / to call my own.
I had waited twenty-five years for a pulpit to call my own. I had served in most every other ministerial capacity.
Not that I've got too many to call my own these days.
A patriotism for today has changed for ever the way I look at the two countries I call my own (I have dual nationality, British and Swiss).
One day while I stood in line for meds, I realized that my life had changed forever, that I might never have my freedom or a life to call my own again.