troubleshooting Question

Using Variable in Get-ADUser Advanced Filter Search

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Active DirectoryPowershellWindows Server 2008
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Why doesn't this work?

$SearchExpression = "SamAccountName -like `"*smith*`""
Get-ADUser -F {$SearchExpression}

It works fine if i type in something specific instead of using the variable. Here is the error it throws out:

Get-ADUser : Error parsing query: '$SearchExpression' Error Message: 'syntax error' at position: '1'.
At line:1 char:11
+ Get-ADUser <<<<  -F {$SearchExpression}
    + CategoryInfo          : ParserError: (:) [Get-ADUser], ADFilterParsingException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : Error parsing query: '$SearchExpression' Error Message: 'syntax error' at position: '1'.
   ,Microsoft.ActiveDirectory.Management.Commands.GetADUser

Anybody have any ideas?

Thanks,
Cacophony
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