(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 ?
She told me the better I behaved the better I should be treated, and that it was wisest always to do my best to please my master; "but," said she, "there are a great many kinds of men; there are good thoughtful men like our master, that any horse may be proud to serve; and there are bad, cruel men, who never ought to have a horse or dog to call their own. Besides, there are a great many foolish men, vain, ignorant, and careless, who never trouble themselves to think; these spoil more horses than all, just for want of sense; they don't mean it, but they do it for all that.
And as they have nothing but their persons which they can call their own, suits and complaints will have no existence among them; they will be delivered from all those quarrels of which money or children or relations are the occasion.
And yet, these two had not one acre of ground,--not a roof that they could call their own,--they had spent their all, to the last dollar.
Edward had two thousand pounds, and Elinor one, which, with Delaford living, was all that they could call their own; for it was impossible that Mrs.
To "make a good job" of anything, however small, was always a pleasure to Adam, and he sat on a block, with his book resting on a planing-table, whistling low every now and then and turning his head on one side with a just perceptible smile of gratification--of pride, too, for if Adam loved a bit of good work, he loved also to think, "I did it!" And I believe the only people who are free from that weakness are those who have no work to call their own. It was nearly seven before he had finished and put on his jacket again; and on giving a last look round, he observed that Seth, who had been working here to-day, had left his basket of tools behind him.
They are being overlooked for the prettier, confident kittens, but they are desperate for a home to call their own.
Ahmed Dabbous, chief executive officer of Muriya said, 'Jebel Sifah Heights offers homeowners a unique opportunity to enjoy a convenient getaway to call their own. The successful sales of the Jebel Sifah Heights' properties and the handover of Golf Lake, which commenced in December 2018, is further testament for the continued growth of Jebel Sifah as Muscat's premier destination with demand for properties reaching new heights.'
THIRTY-ONE family beneficiaries of Dubai housing project in Baseco Compound can now have homes they can call their own as Mayor Joseph E.
"We really love seeing the joy in their eyes when they select a ball and book they can call their own." This year, 138 children benefited from the firm's Read & Play Project.
"Everyone deserves a home they can call their own."
One in four households spend six months or longer in a home they cannot call their own.
It is always incidental, unintentional but we can often see that there is no place for the symbol of the country which they also call their own and for whose prosperity they have fought.
17 New homes Dream comes true as the Shearers finally secure a house to call their own thanks to a part-exchange deal.
For many others this will not be the first Christmas they have faced without the security of a home to call their own.