Since I got bad scores in my final (maybe straight D's, again), I have to do that. I'm not very sure about how to say/write it idiomatically.

These are my attempts:

I have to "hijack" my report card before it arrives at the mailbox.

I have to intercept my report card before it arrives at the mailbox.

Please let me know if you know a better one! Thanks!

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    I would use "intercept." "Hijack" implies you want to take it and use it for something else (i.e., stealing a moving vehicle to use it in a bank robbery) versus "intercept," which simply lets us know that you want to stop the arrival of the information. Commented Jan 23, 2017 at 8:20

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Either one is fine, and you can use quotes or not use them with hijack. Hijack is more conversational and informal, and intercept is more formal or literary. So, it's a matter of the style you want to use.

Think about this alternative as well:

I have to hijack my report card before it gets to the mailbox.

That is more consistently conversational than using arrives at. For gets to, you could also use shows up at or makes it to.

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