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 ?
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.
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.
And I believe the only people who are free from that weakness are those who have no work to call their own.
One in four households spend six months or longer in a home they cannot call their own.
All they ask is for a few square feet to call their own.
She caters to the needs of her nurse customers--giving them the freedom to call their own shots in terms of scheduling--no mandated calls, no minimum hours required to stay on staff, and pay at the top of the local scale.
It feels really good" to be a homeowner, Maddrey says, especially because her two sons, Arrin, 12, and Mekhi, 1, now have a place to call their own and no longer live in a cramped two-bedroom apartment.
It's more of a flashlight to help finance chiefs navigate the increasingly tangled terrain they call their own.
Tired of living in cramped apartments, "wasting money and making someone else rich," needing more space for a growing family, and simply wanting a place they could call their own, the couple first looked in the Pilsen neighborhood on Chicago's near Southwest Side where they both grew up.
The school library, the community library, and a library in their home that they can call their own.
Very small children love stories and also love a book to call their own.
As we see in this issue, families are separated, educations ended, and people the world over must search for a place they can call their own.
Rogers, a writer who modern-day Afrocentrists call their own.