I've recently had a discussion with my co-worker about the popular phrase "Needless to say...". He believes that the phrase is not necessary in most, if not all, situations. However, I don't totally agree with him. I think that there must be situations that this phrase is called for. Unfortunately, I cannot come up with the one I am sure of.

Could anyone here suggest sentences properly using this phrase?
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"Needless to say" is sometimes used to mean that something should be obvious. Here is a definition from the American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms*:

needless to say

Very likely or obvious, self-evident, as in Needless to say, the availability of assault weapons is closely connected with crime. Although nonsensical at first glance (if unnecessary to say, why say it?), this phrase is generally used for emphasis. It originated as needless to speak in the early 1500s. Also see go without (saying).

go without saying

Be self-evident, a matter of course. For example, It goes without saying that success is the product of hard work. This expression is a translation of the French cela va sans dire. [Second half of 1800s]

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*The American HeritageDictionary of Idioms Houghton Mifflin Company. 1997

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