(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. Finally, a room to call my own! After 12 years, I do not miss sharing a room with my sister at all.
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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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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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.
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.'
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ALMOST 70,000 children will wake up on Christmas Day in temporary accommodation, without a home to call their own, Shelter said.
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But a group of girls at the school are working to help those who don't have a bed of their own, who typically wear second-hand clothes, aren't sure where their next meal is coming from and don't have a home to call their own. The girls club, called GEMS, or Girls Engaged in Meaningful Service, raised funds for the Garden of Gethsemane Homeless Shelter.
YOUNGSTERS will soon have a place to call their own.
All they ask is for a few square feet to call their own. It is the least that they should be granted.
NOMADIC church members are still waiting for their prayers to be answered by getting a home 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.
Head teacher Joanne Clifton said: "The pupils, their parents, the staff, the governors and the local community deserve a stunning school building that they can be proud to call their own."