Select-String powershell advice

I found a usefulPowerShell script online (full code below) which helped me review an enormous txt file (log file) for rows containing a key word phrase and output just those rows to a txt file. What I could do with is a way of amending the $pattern row below:

$pattern = ‘searchterm’

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full code:

$inFile = '\\server\share\directoruy\file.txt'
$outFile = '\\server\share\directoruy\hits.txt'
$pattern = ‘searchterm’
Select-String -Path $inFile -SimpleMatch $pattern | Select-Object -ExpandProperty Line | Set-Content -Path $outFile

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for info the format of the text file I have created for using is just in a row by row format, e.g

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Use -Pattern instead of -SimpleMatch, and use a regex "or". Since you're currently using SimpleMatch, the following will automatically escape all characters in the text file that have a special meaning in regex. For more complex patterns than straight-forward strings, this would need to be adjusted:
$inFile = '\\server\share\directoruy\file.txt'
$outFile = '\\server\share\directoruy\hits.txt'
$patternFile = 'C:\Temp\patternlist.txt'
$pattern = (Get-Content -Path $patternFile | ForEach-Object {[regex]::Escape($_)}) -join '|'
Write-Host "Searching with pattern '$($pattern)'"
Select-String -Path $inFile -Pattern $pattern | Select-Object -ExpandProperty Line | Set-Content -Path $outFile

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