(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 ?
And she bit her lip, and frowned vindictively upon the fair domain she had once so coveted to call her own.
And so, this was the place Rosalie Murray had so longed to call her own, that she must have a share of it, on whatever terms it might be offered--whatever price was to be paid for the title of mistress, and whoever was to be her partner in the honour and bliss of such a possession!
She is great with other cats, dogs and children, she desperately needs a home to call her own. Lola enjoys being outdoors, so a home with a little outdoor space would be ideal.
Heather is now fully recovered and in tip top condition, all she needs now is a home to call her own.
But that doesn't stop her fantasising about a hero to call her own. And Katy thinks she's found him in fiance James.
Pamela Noble, 74, was even told to call her own ambulance - as a free 999 call was "too expensive".
At the same time, bookings were getting harder to find, and often they took place in gymnasiums or dining halls, so when Becket found a theater to call her own, she was elated.
Still, the rising star hasn't ruled out the possibility of finding a heroine to call her own. "If I want you," Hyatt says with her characteristic self-assurance, "I'll let you know."
Maya is longing for a home to call her own. Please telephone 01286 479711 for more information.