(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 ?
If he ventures to appeal to the law, it is easy to declare that he is subject to insane delusion, and to call his own wife as witness.
picture to yourself the chance, ever hanging over you, of your wife and your little children -- those objects which nature urges even the slave to call his own -- being torn from you and sold like beasts to the first bidder!
Jeremy Corbyn is mulling over whether to call his own confidence vote in Parliament to topple the PM.
Jonty is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, he is constantly being overlooked due to his looks and is desperate for a home to call his own. Call: 01286 479711 .freshfields.org.uk
THIS loving retriever is looking for a home to call his own.
Summary: DUBAI -- He is 'nobody's child', with no identity and no parents to call his own. He was found with a woman who insists the boy is hers, but has been caught out by DNA tests which have proved she is not the biological mother.
He was transferred from another RSPCA centre and now is looking for a home to call his own. TY can be mischievous so is looking for a firm but fair owner.
He has no children to call his own but would like some and is in a relationship.
With only one friend to call his own, Peter must evade government agents bent on catching him, using the Navy Seals, Marines, and CIA agents alike to bring Peter into their control.
It's perhaps because the outlaw famously lived in the wild, with no roof over his head, and accordingly had no barn to call his own.
I TRULY BELIEVE THAT A quarterback who is allowed to call his own plays can become as good, if not better, at it than a coach.
However, in the beginning, Ball didn't even have an office to call his own. He began working out of Larry Gniatczyk's, automobile, truck parts, and engineering services firm, the Allar Co.
THIS loving dog IS looking for a home to call his own. Eight-year-old Jack Russell terrier Beau is a lively dog who loves going for walks and exploring the undergrowth.
"His only request is that he is the only dog in the home, all the attention on him please." He is described as a "happy little lad" but what would make him truly happy is a loving family and a home to call his own. He's even said to have an See a video of Eric on www.dailypost.co.uk unusual skill for making noises.
BORIS is an independent but friendly fellow who would like to find an adult-only household to call his own. He gets on with some cats and would prefer to be the only pet in the home.