(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 ?
He called it the Sleet's crow's-nest, in honor of himself; he being the original inventor and patentee, and free from all ridiculous false delicacy, and holding that if we call our own children after our own names (we fathers being the original inventors and patentees), so likewise should we denominate after ourselves any other apparatus we may beget.
When shall we learn that he who multiplieth possessions multiplieth troubles, and that the one single use of things which we call our own is that they may be his who hath need of them?
(After 20 years of living with others, the dream of having our own house has been fulfilled, something which we can call our own.)
Glitz Style Awards is one of Ghana's prestigious fashion events that we proudly call our own due to its organization, credibility, and power to sell Ghana to the rest of the world.
My family is between moving house, having to stay with different relatives until we find a home to call our own. Due to this my daughter of 5 has been out of education for 29 weeks.
I for one am so thankful that we have successful musicians who we can call our own and who aren't some YouTube one-hit wonders just trying to cash in.
This week, we particularly welcome Wigan builders A Connolly, sustainable designers EcoStyle in Luton, Beds, Mansfield disabled children's charity A Place To Call Our Own, Notts, London comms agency Radley Yeldar, Sewell Facilities Management in Yorkshire, Citizens Advice & Rights in Fife, social entrepreneurs TreeStation and Southway Housing Trust, both in Manchester, health and safety trainers EDGE Services in York, and Capital Roofing repair services in South East London.
In a news release, Fort McKay Chief Jim Boucher said he felt "fully confident that our success can only continue to grow through the programs, commitment and support of organizations we can proudly call our own, like CCAB." CCAB President and CEO JP Gladu called Fort McKay "one of the most successful First Nation-owned business enterprises with annual revenues in excess of $700 million." CCAB Patron Members are the innovators who make the commitment to bridging the gaps between Aboriginal-owned businesses, community-owned economic development corporations and business Canada.
AGAINST ALL COMERS OUR house gets more like Fort Knox all the time, Every door has one or more keys to foil time, We've got more keys than a bank or a jail, If thieves come down our street we want them to fail, There's nothing worth having that we call our own, Everything rented, on time, or loan, So thieves think again if you come by our house, Getting inside would be hard work for a mouse, No Georgian silver, antiques, or plate, The reward would be small and the risk would be great, Far better to turn back at our thrice-locked front gate.
OLondon is a hub for the business worldwide and yet as costs rise in the capital and travel companies and organizations move out, thereOs nowhere we can call our own,O said Nutley, former chairman of Reed Travel Exhibitions.
"A CREDIT and a great blessing to Wales: a son of Wales we can proudly call our own."
Sir Terry said: 'I think it's tremendous that Wales has such a marvellous musical talent to call our own.
"We've had some trials and some struggles, but thanks to this program now we do have a place to call our own and a home we can share with our families," he says.
But, nevertheless, our passionate preoccupation with that little pile of stones that we can call our own comes with an assortment of intrinsic terrors.
There was an assumption afoot that once we had a show to call our own, we would unilaterally embrace it.